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Four Parts of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit of the Future: Part 1

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Dec 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM

There are unique aspects to healthcare design, pediatric design and in particular, the design of world-class academic institutions in urban environments. In the past, I’ve discussed my top 10 list for pediatric waiting room design. Pediatric inpatient units of the future must not only respond to known, documented evidence-based design attributes, but planning considerations and design must be visionary in response to a rapidly changing future.

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Topics: technology, pediatrics, inpatient unit

Virtual Reality in Architecture

Posted by Guest Contributor on Sep 02, 2015 at 11:40 AM

The impact technology has on society is blatant and prevalent. From the first computer to wearable tech, society has evolved alongside technological advancements. The way people interact with each other is constantly changing. Information is available at the touch of a button – anywhere with satellite, cellular or internet signal – via smart devices, such as phones and watches, tablets, laptops, computers and even refrigerators. With the advancement of virtual reality (VR) technology, products like Google Glass and Oculus Rift are changing the way people view and interact with their environments.

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Topics: technology, adaptability

Top 8 Considerations When Redesigning MRI Suites

Posted by Jason Lee on Dec 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Featured in HealthTechZone.com, December 2014.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations have been an important diagnostic tool since the first commercial MRI became available in 1981. [1],[2]

Unlike X-rays and CT scans, which are good at imaging bones and other dense objects in the body, MRIs can create detailed images of soft tissues like the brain, heart, spinal cord, breasts and ligaments.  Add this to the fact that MRIs do not emit radiation and it is no wonder that an estimated 33.8 million MRI exams were performed in the United States in 2013. [3]

With a steady increase of performed procedures, increased machine technology, and conforming to safety regulations, hospitals and imaging centers face numerous challenges when it is time to replace a machine. Knowing this, you give your old MRI machine a once-over for specs and manufacturer’s name, call them up and replace your old machine with a newer model.  Problem solved!  Right?

There are a variety of considerations that should be discussed when replacing MRI machines and updating the suites. Safety regulations, magnet type/quantity, and rigging (in and out) of machines are a few items Array addresses in this Top 8 List of considerations to guide healthcare organizations through successful MRI suite redesigns.

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Topics: technology, renovation, hospitals, MRI

Construction Administration Technology Convergence

Posted by Ron Evitts on Dec 04, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I spend my time on site photographing mistakes.  Not really, but that’s how I’m perceived, since much of my time walking through the construction site is spent observing the work-in-progress, and photo-documenting places where it deviates from Array's construction documents or from best practice. Somebody’s got to do it. It’s interesting to take stock of where that effort stands today, especially compared to where it was 25 years ago when I did my first construction site walk-through.

My first construction administration project was for a Laboratory building at UCLA, and I still remember the convolutions we went through with paper processing of submittals, especially RFIs, field reports and punch lists.  A large project (150,000 SF), large team (including an associated architect, as at Zucker), and including team members from Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

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Topics: technology, Newforma

Friend or Foe?

Posted by Jennifer O'Donnell on Oct 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Learning from and sharing knowledge with other industry professionals, even the competition, is what makes us all better at what we do.

Focusing solely on the healthcare market, many methodologies that Array Architects employ today are those that have proven to be successful and are positively impacting how our hospital clients deliver healthcare today. Using an integrated, three-pronged approach of combining scientific research/evidence with clinical expertise and individual patient and caregiver experiences, the medical community is in a position to continuously build upon their knowledge base and better care for their patients.

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Topics: architecture, technology, healthcare design, ACA, knowledge sharing, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design

Technology’s Influence on Healthcare Design

Posted by Guest Contributor on May 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

On May 20, 2013, DuPont Corian’s showroom in New York hosted Healthcare Design magazine’s event that explored Design Considerations for Technological Innovation in Healthcare Design. The discussion was moderated by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, the Managing Editor of Healthcare Design, and featured the unique perspectives

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Topics: future of healthcare, technology, healthcare design, ACA, continuous improvement, advisory services, hospital design