The coronavirus pandemic has touched nearly every facet of daily life, but no sector has been more disrupted than the healthcare industry.
Bustling waiting rooms and years-old magazines have been replaced by telehealth visits, plexiglass partitions, taped-off seating, hand sanitizer stations, and masks. At the same time, providers are strapped with lost revenue, the high cost of safety protocols for staff and patients and the effects of full implementation of new technology.
While some changes in the healthcare delivery model have progressed in recent years, the pandemic has accelerated implementation significantly. The industry adapted to the crisis with stop-gap design solutions that now will influence the healthcare clinic design of the future.
Freestanding outpatient access sites will follow the recent boom in urgent-care construction into consumer- and retail-centric areas to maximize accessibility, but their services will extend well beyond the urgent-primary-care model. Specialty care, outpatient behavioral health, dialysis and other treatments will be provided in a standalone building that provides different experiences based on the reason for each visit.
Read more about Catalyst’s vision for The Clinic of the Future, Catalyst, a Haskell Company, is a healthcare consultancy developed to bring customer driven healthcare services to communities domestically and internationally.