CRTKL: Modernizing healthcare in urban communities

CRTKL: Modernizing healthcare in urban communities

Dubai, UAE – 12 July 2022: Withthe realities of the recent health crisis continuingto impact nurses and care teams across the world, CRTKL, a global cultural agency specialising in architecture, planning and design,have shared insights on howtechnology is critical to filling gaps in resources andinforming decision making.

The UAE isone of the most economically developed and diversified markets in the Middle East, and has established a world-class healthcare infrastructure. This has been a top priority for the visionary leaders of the country, and, as a result, the sector has advanced and expanded significantly during the past few years. UAE’s healthcare sectoris projected to grow to AED 39.4 billion by 2025, based on data from Euromonitor.[1]

As the sector continues to undergo evolution on the back of rapid advancements in technology, and research and development (R&D) in line with the global and regional trends, it is essential for the sectorto create easy and open access tocare. This will include annual check-ups, outpatientprocedures, counselling services or friendlyassessments of lifestyle and daily activity goals.

Ahmed Ghobara, Associate Principal at CRTKL commented: “By expanding access to primary care outsideof the traditional medical centre setting such ashospitals, the overall health of a population improves significantly.Whengeneral primary and specialtycare is accessible in a neighbourhood setting,itencourages people to go more often, as it meanspeople have somewhere to visit more frequently and easily, like service stations or convenience stores. At CRTKL, we are driven by planet-positive design to modernise healthcare and use technology to make healthcare more convenient.“

MAKING HEALTHCARE MORE CONVENIENT

According to a recent impact studyby CRTKL,access to primary care was proven toimprove community health. Lifeexpectancies were increased by 3.2 years,while rates of heart disease, infant mortality,strokes, and chronic lower respiratory disease all decreased[2].

Providers shouldaim to make healthcare more convenient byoffering same-day appointments, pharmacy,walk-in diagnostic imaging services, decreasedwait times, extended hours and weekend care.This, in turn, allows facilities to increase access topatients and expand new service lines beyonda main campus. These types of changes will lead to significant steps towards greater value-based care.

OPTIMIZING HEALTHCARE FACILITIES’ OPERATIONS

Additionally, healthcare facilities should berefocused on specific functions. For example, acutecare centres should concentrate on assessment,stabilization and treatment, before returningpatients to places better suited to healing. This is particularly important for treating patients that need chronic care facilities and birthing centreslocated within the community that focus onrehabilitation, education and elective treatment.

Hospitals can also increase point-of-care clinicalsupport and improve staff efficiency by havingappropriately sized spaces. Rather than expandingrooms to drive volume, the key should be to optimizeoperations. Controlling non-revenue generatingcirculation space and the strategic placementof nurses’ stations reduces the distance andtravel time between departments and beds.

OFFERING PERSONALIZED CARE

Serving as collaborative communication hubs,command centres in healthcare facilitiesare also becoming essential operationalingredients to enhance telemedicine andcoordinate disparate clinical and non-clinicalactivities that are actively interdependent.

Emerging technologies and the use of artificialintelligence (AI) are providing more convenient,personalized care for patients, and could createsubstantially more value for the industry as awhole—up to US$410 billion per year by 2025[3].

Meanwhile, new generation robotics and softwarecontinue to reshape healthcare facilities and the waypeople manage their health. Ongoing care plans,clinic appointments, material deliveries to the homeand nurse home visits that need to be includedand coordinated within the healthcare system,can all be managed within the command centreand can relieve the burden on nursing staff.

“Healthcare should no longer standapart — instead, it should permeate the urban fabric of thecommunity and fully commit itselfto the well-being of all within it. Through greater access, implementing advanced technology and increased investments, healthcare facilities can be modernised and dramatically improve the health of society overall,” added Ghobara.

-Ends-

CRTKL

CRTKL a global architecture, planning and design practice, began over seven decades ago and has evolved into a cultural agency to advance positive outcomes in our local and global communities. Through a human-centric design approach our team addresses the imperatives of resiliency, wellbeing and technology and their influence in the built environment.

Media Contact

Shilpa Johnson

Mobile: +971 (0)52 118 9045

Email: CallisonRTKL@fourcommunications.com


[1]Source: SME10X

[2]Source: CRTKL

[3]Source: Visual Capitalist

CRTKL: Modernizing healthcare in urban communities

Dubai, UAE – 12 July 2022: Withthe realities of the recent health crisis continuingto impact nurses and care teams across the world, CRTKL, a global cultural agency specialising in architecture, planning and design,have shared insights on howtechnology is critical to filling gaps in resources andinforming decision making.

The UAE isone of the most economically developed and diversified markets in the Middle East, and has established a world-class healthcare infrastructure. This has been a top priority for the visionary leaders of the country, and, as a result, the sector has advanced and expanded significantly during the past few years. UAE’s healthcare sectoris projected to grow to AED 39.4 billion by 2025, based on data from Euromonitor.[1]

As the sector continues to undergo evolution on the back of rapid advancements in technology, and research and development (R&D) in line with the global and regional trends, it is essential for the sectorto create easy and open access tocare. This will include annual check-ups, outpatientprocedures, counselling services or friendlyassessments of lifestyle and daily activity goals.

Ahmed Ghobara, Associate Principal at CRTKL commented: “By expanding access to primary care outsideof the traditional medical centre setting such ashospitals, the overall health of a population improves significantly.Whengeneral primary and specialtycare is accessible in a neighbourhood setting,itencourages people to go more often, as it meanspeople have somewhere to visit more frequently and easily, like service stations or convenience stores. At CRTKL, we are driven by planet-positive design to modernise healthcare and use technology to make healthcare more convenient.“

MAKING HEALTHCARE MORE CONVENIENT

According to a recent impact studyby CRTKL,access to primary care was proven toimprove community health. Lifeexpectancies were increased by 3.2 years,while rates of heart disease, infant mortality,strokes, and chronic lower respiratory disease all decreased[2].

Providers shouldaim to make healthcare more convenient byoffering same-day appointments, pharmacy,walk-in diagnostic imaging services, decreasedwait times, extended hours and weekend care.This, in turn, allows facilities to increase access topatients and expand new service lines beyonda main campus. These types of changes will lead to significant steps towards greater value-based care.

OPTIMIZING HEALTHCARE FACILITIES’ OPERATIONS

Additionally, healthcare facilities should berefocused on specific functions. For example, acutecare centres should concentrate on assessment,stabilization and treatment, before returningpatients to places better suited to healing. This is particularly important for treating patients that need chronic care facilities and birthing centreslocated within the community that focus onrehabilitation, education and elective treatment.

Hospitals can also increase point-of-care clinicalsupport and improve staff efficiency by havingappropriately sized spaces. Rather than expandingrooms to drive volume, the key should be to optimizeoperations. Controlling non-revenue generatingcirculation space and the strategic placementof nurses’ stations reduces the distance andtravel time between departments and beds.

OFFERING PERSONALIZED CARE

Serving as collaborative communication hubs,command centres in healthcare facilitiesare also becoming essential operationalingredients to enhance telemedicine andcoordinate disparate clinical and non-clinicalactivities that are actively interdependent.

Emerging technologies and the use of artificialintelligence (AI) are providing more convenient,personalized care for patients, and could createsubstantially more value for the industry as awhole—up to US$410 billion per year by 2025[3].

Meanwhile, new generation robotics and softwarecontinue to reshape healthcare facilities and the waypeople manage their health. Ongoing care plans,clinic appointments, material deliveries to the homeand nurse home visits that need to be includedand coordinated within the healthcare system,can all be managed within the command centreand can relieve the burden on nursing staff.

“Healthcare should no longer standapart — instead, it should permeate the urban fabric of thecommunity and fully commit itselfto the well-being of all within it. Through greater access, implementing advanced technology and increased investments, healthcare facilities can be modernised and dramatically improve the health of society overall,” added Ghobara.

-Ends-

CRTKL

CRTKL a global architecture, planning and design practice, began over seven decades ago and has evolved into a cultural agency to advance positive outcomes in our local and global communities. Through a human-centric design approach our team addresses the imperatives of resiliency, wellbeing and technology and their influence in the built environment.

Media Contact

Shilpa Johnson

Mobile: +971 (0)52 118 9045

Email: CallisonRTKL@fourcommunications.com


[1]Source: SME10X

[2]Source: CRTKL

[3]Source: Visual Capitalist

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