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Addressing challenges that face today's healthcare providers                                                                                 2017 Issue 3

A Hospital Room that
Speaks B

Hospital design should strive to recreate the comforts of home. Now that living rooms often include smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, how are hospitals incorporating voice activated A.I. into the patient experience? Could an Internet of Wearable Devices make these information hubs even smarter? Systems engineering is already revolutionizing understanding of patient outcomes; imagine the possibilities as A.I. pairs data collection with automated responsiveness.
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Why Hospitals are Natural Leaders in Neuro-Architecture

“It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase ‘as pretty as an airport’ appear.” When Douglas Adams made this quip in 1979, he might as well have referenced many hospitals. In the decades since, innovators have intuited design principles now being confirmed through technology, neuroscience, and psychology. In the emerging field of neuro-architecture, this trend has finally come to term. Researchers now understand that building design has measurable effects on both physiological and mental wellness. As population health becomes a dominant healthcare paradigm, hospitals are well poised to be leaders in psychologically informed design. Visit this article to learn more about the research, aesthetics, and popularity of neuro-architecture.
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The Centenarian Hospital

Like people, buildings have finite life spans. And just as a genome may influence health outcomes, the longevity of a hospital may be baked in by the decisions made before construction even starts. Can the 50 year lifespan of a typical hospital be doubled by design that embraces the uncertainty of the future? Recognizing that the future of technology will unfold in unforeseeable ways represents true foresight in the 21st century. Consequently, those architects humble enough to appreciate what they do not know will be the first to design the oldest hospitals remaining in the 22nd century. Read this article to see why one designer wagers his building could still be alive and well in 2117.
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Dear Jon,
As the summer heat drives us inside and increases our reliance on interior spaces, we are reminded how important architecture is to our well-being. This edition of HFG’s ‘Advisor’ addresses how competent design principles enhance the physical, psychological, and economic health of individuals and communities. Our selection of articles emphasize trends at the vanguard of topics such as artificial intelligence and neuroscience. Because an exchange of ideas can only elucidate this complicated confluence, we invite you to let us know your thoughts on Facebook and LinkedIn. Enjoy!.

--Steve Lewallen, CEO

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