Smart Healthcare Infrastructure

Stand-alone emergency departments are gaining in popularity across the U.S. and they’re bringing greater access to medicine and a higher quality of care, according to a new report by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute. The paper, “Smart Healthcare Infrastructure: How Stand-Alone Emergency Departments Improve Patient Accessibility and Care” looks at the reasons for an increase of stand-alone emergency departments (SAEDs) and offers case studies on their effectiveness, including analyzing patient care and waiting areas. The authors conclude that the growth of SAEDs will benefit patients and the medical community because SAEDs represent accountable design for accountable care. Authors of the paper are: Timothy Spence, Principal, Julie Zook, a Ph.D. candidate in architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Nicholas Watkins, Principal and Research Lead, and Esperanza Harper, all of BBH Design; and Carolyn Knaup, of WakeMed Health and Hospitals in North Raleigh, North Carolina.