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Transwestern Report Explores Need for Flexible MOBs to Evolve with Tech Advances

A new report by Transwestern entitled, ‘The Future of Healthcare Buildings’, looked at critical questions facing the United States’ healthcare sector. Participants in the survey represented healthcare systems, academic medical campuses and providers, as well as commercial real estate, architecture, engineering and construction firms.

Transwestern’s Lisa Feeley, lead author of the report, says, “The healthcare industry has experienced numerous disruptors in recent years, and this is only the beginning. As we gain access to more data and technology advances continue to improve equipment and treatment capabilities, it is imperative to understand how the design and functionality of facilities impact service and the patient experience.”

Several dominant themes emerged, including:

  • The increasing accessibility to data from wearables, virtual health and artificial intelligence
  • The importance of keeping pace with technological advancements
  • The need for flexible facilities that can easily adapt to future healthcare delivery approaches
  • The move to smaller and smarter facilities that incorporate more services

Transwestern’s Daina Pitzenberger, secondary author of the report, says “Today’s healthcare buildings must accommodate current service delivery, while also making it simple and economical for operators to adapt to new approaches as they are developed. This challenge comes as we face a potential shortfall of medical office space, according to our research. Developing a new facility can take up to two years, so designing new facilities to be flexible has never been more important.”

* Pictured Greenhouse Medical Plaza

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