Monday, January 14, 2013

Reimagining the Medical Office Building

Healthcare Forum
submitted by:  Heather Lombard, CDH Partners, IIDA, RID, RN

The continuing transformation of the healthcare industry and the changing Medical Office Building (MOB) gives providers, architects and developers a new perspective on designing MOBs.  Culture, workflow and technology are shifting the criteria of designing and operating the typical medical office building.

Key trends in designing multispecialty MOBs:
-Fewer public hallways
-Larger shared reception areas
-Restrooms, storage, labs and imaging, breakrooms, conference rooms are becoming shared spaces
-Exam rooms are becoming standardized pods for multiple specialties and can easily be modified
-Business offices are centralized and possibly eliminated
-Some staff will be shared and will be cross-trained and cross-utilized
-Evidence-base design principles promote well-being and therapeutic environments

Benefits includes:
-Streamlining workflow between multispecialty MOBs to reduce costs
There will be MOBs that are naturally complimentary in a collaborative setting
      Female Baby Boomers
o   weight loss
o   anti-aging
o   mammography
o   OB-GYN and
o   plastic surgery

o   sports medicine
o   rehabilitation
o   physical therapy

o   electronic medical records
o   tablet computing
o   wireless networks with touchdown workstations
o   materials selected to enhance connectivity

-Patients and employees
o   multispecialty MOBs are all about the patient experience 
o   patient’s family, physician’s, staff, and health system as a whole as enjoy the collaborative, efficient flow
o   simplified building layout makes for a pleasant, inviting visit
o   health systems benefit from reduced construction and operating costs and great employee productivity

A well designed multispecialty MOB can create an environment that facilitates cultural shifts and changing needs.  It is a one stop shop that is efficient, attractive, convenient and cost effective.

Read more: 

By Cinda Z. Terry, RID and Brenda Bush-Moline, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC
Healthcare Design, August 2012