M I S S I O N T R A I L B A P T I S T H O S PI TA L
Blending Sa n An t o n i o
Technology supporting this ED nurses’ station
includes a picture archiving and communi-
cation system station, Voice over Internet
Protocol phones, a nurse touch screen monitor
and a medical gas multisignal alarm.
+DESIGN B Y A M Y E AG L E
DIRECTIONS IN A SNAP
tower features critical care beds that can moni- ject’s architect and interior designer. The SnapWalk interactive
tor patients and issue prompts in five different SnapWalk (www.securitysolution.co.in/), mapping application works
languages; a computerized simulation lab for also of Nashville, is an interactive mapping with smart phones.
nurse training; and a sophisticated building application that works with any Web-enabled
management system that allows patients in device, such as a smart phone. Quick Response
each of the tower’s 152 built-out private rooms codes are printed on signs throughout the
to control their own thermostats. “The building facility; when a user snaps a picture of a Snap-
is a machine in itself,” says Tim Heidlebaugh, Walk code, the application displays a route to
the hospital’s director of facilities. the requested destination. According to ESa
Marjorie Brown, managing principal of interior designer Thomas Bauman, IIDA, ASID,
HDR’s Northwest offices, says the involvement EDAC, the system shows great promise.
of the hospital’s information technology team To promote wayfinding, provide positive dis-
from the beginning of the project was critical tractions and recognize donors at Children’s
to its success. Healthcare of Atlanta facilities, Stanley Beaman
An advanced telecommunications and net- & Sears (SBS) and VisionQuest Design & Pro-
C E N T R A L WA S H I N G TO N H O S PI TA L working system integrates the hospital’s critical duction Inc., both of Atlanta, worked directly
We n a t c h e e care beds from Stryker (www.stryker.com), Kala- with the hospital’s foundation to design cus- RIGHT CONNECTIONS
mazoo, Mich.; nurse call system from Rauland- tom “discovery walls.” Architect Betsy Beaman, SocialConnect touch screens
ICU rooms accommodate the specialized Borg Corp. (www.rauland.com), Mount Prospect, principal of design for the project from SBS,
equipment required in critical care, cardiac by T1Visions give patients
Ill.; phones from Ascom (www.ascom.us), Mor- says the walls each contain six interactive but-
monitoring systems allow caregivers to access to health information,
monitor patients’ vital signs from any- risville, N.C.; patient monitoring equipment from tons, 18 high-definition plasma displays, eight
games and more.
where in the ICU, and patient beds can Nihon Kohden (www.nihonkoden.com), Tokyo; synchronized computers and copyrighted
translate commands in five languages. and electronic medical records from Cerner Corp. IMAX film footage.
(www.cerner.com), Kansas City, Mo. SocialConnect touch screens by T1Visions
Flat-screen monitors in the business center (www.t1visions.com), Cornelius, N.C. , can be-
of each patient unit display a patient’s assigned come large interactive wall displays or be inte-
nurse, certified nursing assistant and related grated into tables or kiosks. The SocialConnect
Ascom phone numbers, so physicians and nurs- Lounge Table gives patients access to health
es can “find the right person at the right time,” information, games and digital magazines;
ffective technology deploy- patients and staff, designers are finding clever says Eric Lowe, enterprise architect for technol- unlike most waiting room reading material, it
ment is one of the biggest ways to integrate technology into health care ogy, Central Washington Hospital. can be cleaned and sterilized easily. The Social-
issues in health care today, says interiors. Connect Consult Table helps physicians share
ALWAYS ON CALL Cyndi McCullough, vice presi- Information sharing information with patients, including images
Stryker’s critical care beds dent and senior healthcare consultant for ‘Looks and brains’ Signcraft USA (www.signcraftusa.com), Nash- and videos. Using intuitive gestures, users can
accommodate advanced architecture, engineering and consulting firm The HDR-designed patient tower at Central ville, Tenn., installed new technology to help send content from a consult table to a wall
telecommunications and FURNISHING CONSULTS
HDR, Omaha, Neb. To help providers deliver Washington Hospital in Wenatchee is a good patients and visitors find their way around Mis- video display. Marco Ventura, chief operating
networking systems. efficient and effective care, improve commu- example of a high-tech building that has, as the sion Trail Baptist Hospital, San Antonio. Earl officer, T1Visions, says the touch screens are The media:scape system from
nication and create a better environment for architects put it, both “looks and brains.” The Swensson Associates (ESa), Nashville, is the pro- designed for multiple users, making them ideal Steelcase Inc. helps enhance
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for collaborative health care settings. The dis- video display. A videoconferencing component “quietly does its job and looks good doing it,” The Most Innovative award in the technolo- player or gaming system stored in the cabinet
plays can be customized and branded to suit connects the care team with medical profes- says Mark Sapp, director of medical products, gy support category at the 2011 NeoCon de- without opening the doors.
any organization. sionals around the world. Humanscale. An internal cable management sign expo and conference in Chicago went to Sonata oncology casegoods by Steelcase
The media:scape system from Steelcase Inc. system makes the V6 easy to wipe down for Steve’s Station, an imaging table from Anthro Inc.’s health care unit, Nurture (www.nurture.
(www.steelcase.com), Grand Rapids, Mich., Ergonomic tech infection control, and the ergonomic design Corp. (www.anthro.com), Tualatin, Ore. The fully com), Grand Rapids, Mich., feature personal flat-
integrates furniture and technology to facili- The V6 wall station, a new computer wall helps doctors and nurses work comfortably, so adjustable, ergonomic table has features for screen televisions for each patient and built-in,
LEFT PHOTO COURTESY OF SBS; RIGHT PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: COURTESY OF ANTHRO CORP COURTESY OF HUMANSCALE; COURTESY OF LEDA; COURTESY OF STEELCASE
tate doctor-patient communication. Using mount from Humanscale (www.humanscale. they can focus on what they need to, adds Mark privacy, lighting, sound absorption and air pop-up outlets to power patients’ or visitors’
media:scape, caregivers, patients and family com), New York, enables caregivers to position McKenna, the company’s design director. An movement. Michael Mullen, design develop- electronic devices.
members can stand or be seated together at a keyboards and monitors for optimal patient ergonomic work environment “may sound like ment manager, Anthro, says installing furnish- “Sonata is addressing the patient first, and OFF THE WALL
table or couch and share information from a interaction and ease of use. a luxury, but it’s basic,” says Jane Abernethy, ings with the appropriate lighting, wiring and technology is subtly integrated into it,” says Alan The V6 wall station from
variety of digital devices on a high-definition The simple, elegant, space-saving design Humanscale’s senior medical designer. cable management is “a more thoughtful, easi- Rheault, director of product design, Nurture. Humanscale enables caregivers
er-to-implement, faster, better experience” for a Caroline Kelly, senior design researcher for to position monitors for
facility than upgrading a room with costly new Steelcase, says the company has developed what
optimal patient interaction.
wiring and lighting. it calls the SSI framework for considering tech-
nology. Rather than focusing on specific techno-
Patient experience logical devices, which can become obsolete
Leda Furniture (www.ledafurniture.com), quickly, the SSI framework takes into account the
Toronto, takes technology integration into the social, spatial and informational aspects of tech-
C H I L D R E N ’ S H E A LT H C A R E
patient room with its Lounge series Optimum nology use — what users need from the experi-
O F AT L A N TA
Lift TV, a bureau with a hideaway flat-screen ence, the requirements of the physical environ-
These interactive feature walls are television that can be raised or lowered at the ment and how the information is conveyed.
part of a donor recognition program touch of a button. “It keeps the room a little “The use of technology is emerging so fast”
and also serve as a “digital aquarium” cleaner — not as cluttered,” says Marco L. in so many new places, says Rheault. “We’re
with a digital caricature voice that Confalone, president, Leda Furniture. An op- still learning and observing and have inten-
describes the film footage.
tional infrared sensor on the front of the unit tions of continuing to develop products down
allows patients and visitors to operate a DVD this road.” I
This bureau from Leda
Furniture has a push-button
hideaway feature for
a flat-screen TV.
MAKING IPADS ACCESSIBLE
Sonata oncology case goods
from Nurture feature pop-up
outlets to power patients’ or
visitors’ electronic devices.
The Steve’s Station imaging
table from Anthro Corp. is fully
adjustable and ergonomic, and
it promotes privacy.
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