Patient Care Capacity Management

Optimum workflow drives building design at new Virtua Health hospital

Optimum workflow drives building design at new Virtua Health hospital Now, more than ever, healthcare facilities need purpose-driven, data-based design. "Hard-wiring" workflow efficiencies through evidence-based modeling and intelligent space design can help hospitals make the best use of people and resources, as Virtua Health is doing.

Using Hospital of the Future (HoF) methodologies and principles, Virtua Health is designing a new facility that will optimize workflow in order to provide patients with a world-class care experience. HoF teams use Lean methodologies to study existing workflows, identify areas for improvement, and inform facility design.

Computer simulation modeling allows analysis of various options before committing to a design. The resulting layouts save caregivers time and energy, increase staff efficiency, reduce staffing requirements, and reduce wait times for patients and families.