The patient room of the future is redesigned in such a way to improve patient outcomes, reduce infections, streamline healthcare deliver, and also to look a lot cooler.

BY CINDY DEL ROSARIO | AUG 04, 2013 09:05 PM

NXT Health
Walk into any patient room in any hospital and you'll encounter a multitude of items — a sharps container for needles, computer monitors, a bed, a height-adjustable dining table, equipment for measuring vital signs — all designed separately and mashed together in a small room. If that room contains a verbal patient, chances are they have something to complain about, whether it be the noise, the temperature, or the clutter created by all the aforementioned items.
But patient rooms don't have to be that way. NXT Health, a non-profit sponsored by the Department of Defense, has designed the hospital room for the future, Patient Room 2020, now on display at the DuPont Corian design studio in New York.
With the help of Clemson University's Healthcare + Architecture Graduate program, the design team set out to apply the principles of design to healthcare, not only create an aesthetically pleasing patient environment, but to create one that changes caregiver behaviors and improves patient outcomes.
Healthcare, for a myriad of reasons, does not benefit from design in the way that other industries have. Like the physical hospital room, healthcare delivery and health systems are disjointed and disparate. While an initial look at the Patient Room 2020 might appear to be a lot of cosmetic and superficial changes, what it really hopes to achieve is a dramatic redesign of bedside patient care in a revolutionary way.
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