Scott Rawlings, director of Healthcare and leader of HOK’s regional Healthcare practice in Washington, D.C., spoke with Healthcare Design about five trends impacting the industry.
Here are excerpts from his Healthcare Design Q+A:
Teaching creativity: “Creativity happens when we bring a wide range of designers, facility users, and stakeholders to the table and engage them in lively conversations.”
Technology’s influence: “Architects and engineers need to think outside the box by partnering with specialized tech firms that can help us integrate advanced information management, data usage, and communications technologies to design the hospitals of the future.”
Healthier buildings: “Our clients expect data-driven design strategies and a more scientific, performance-based approach to environmental issues.”
Long-term viability and modularity: “With the rising costs of healthcare and the impact on our society and economy, we can do our part to create a better healthcare system by designing buildings that remain viable well into the future.”
Creating value: “The tools and data now available to healthcare designers enable us to create real value within specific budget parameters.”