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What if we thought about our health facilities, as a key component of the patient’s treatment plan — not just providing the stage on which health delivery happens, but as an active component of the healing process as well. In this article we will explore how the built environment, via health facilities, can be a health facilitator. 

Try renovating a mall into a fertility centre or a bank into a neonatal intensive care unit or an office building into a long-term critical care facility and it is guaranteed challenging surprises will be encountered. This is when design firms get called in; specifically, creative teams who welcome challenges.

The cornerstone of a first-class equipment procurement initiative is a high functioning value analysis committee (VAC). Before the emergence of VACs, purchasing decisions were subject to influence by one or two key individuals. VACs are comprised of a diverse collection of individuals who are employed by the hospital. 

In the last decade, healthcare has become a booming business in the Middle East. This is clearly seen by the number of Greenfield Hospital projects under development. A Greenfield development is defined as a project that is completely new or a start-up organisation, and in hospitals it usually refers to a newly constructed stand-alone facility. 

Designing homes, offices and schools to support human health and well-being is frequently discussed in both academic and industry literature. But what about ‘third places’ such as retail establishments? The scale and prevalence of retail centres in the MENA region make them ideal spaces to promote health and wellness. 

Successful healthcare project planning is a dynamic process involving an entire team, typically comprising clinicians, architects, engineers and project managers, who are tasked with balancing the needs of patient care, and the realities of the design and construction process. However, there is a professional figure who plays a major role today in the creation of a cutting-edge hospital providing high patient satisfaction: the Medical Equipment Planner.

In an environment where failure to plan is planning to fail, time and time again poor planning can have devestating effects on the design and construction of healthcare facilities in both developed and developing markets. Despite the best intentions of providing healthcare to a growing market, the importance of infection control, staff efficiency, hospital workflow, as well as patient safety and comfort are often overlooked. 

Within the industry’s changing model of care — with an increasing focus on prevention and wellness, rather than a sickness model, and emphasis on collaboration across the sector, including public-private partnerships — digital technology has a vital role to play in supporting the aim of providing access to high quality, cost effective, sustainable and safe patient care, with improved medical outcomes.

IoT devices may offer extraordinary benefits to healthcare organisations in the Middle East. From improving patient outcomes, staff effectiveness and operational cost savings, it could also bring with them new security risks. Any type of a connected device is a potential risk, even wireless light bulbs, so it’s imperative that healthcare institutions do everything they can to stem the flow of malicious attackers. This calls for a multi-layered security approach to mitigate these threats.