Good engineering practice of updating facilities
Good design in the health care setting starts by recognizing the basic functional needs, but does not end there-it must also meet the emotional needs of those who use such facilities at times of uncertainty, dependency, and stress.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulations address security and privacy of "protected health information" (PHI).
Architecture is often recognized as an important tool in attracting and retaining the best doctors and nurses, the most successful HMOs and insurance plans, and the most patients.
Consumer decisions are based on cost, accessibility, quality of service, and quality of medical care.
The entire health care system is under great pressure to reduce costs, and at the same time, be more responsive to "customers".
The aging are the heaviest users of health care services, and the percentage of the aging in our population is increasing significantly.
Designers find increasing focus on limiting both construction costs and the costs of their design services, while compressing construction schedules and still meeting the highest quality standards.
As cost pressures increase, health care facilities find themselves in increasing competition for both patients and staff.
While HIPAA does not regulate facilities design, its implications for healthcare facilities may affect location and layout of workstations that handle medical records and other patient information, paper and electronic, as well as patient accommodations.An aesthetically pleasing facility is a key aspect of the perceived quality of care.Health care is a labor-intensive industry, and much of that labor is highly skilled and highly paid.Ideally, that message is one that conveys welcoming, caring, comfort, and compassion, commitment to patient well-being and safety, where stress is relieved, refuge is provided, respect is reciprocated, competence is symbolized, way-finding is facilitated, and families are accommodated.The facility also influences employee service attitudes and behaviors.