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Four Trends in Medical Office Design


The world around us is changing, and this is ever so apparent in medical office design. The days of cold, clinical-feeling medical offices are on the way out, as more focused attention is being centered around patient experience. Today, we're seeing greener buildings, smarter offices and gorgeous environments that elicit feelings of calm and peace.

Check out these growing trends in medical office design:

Interiors That Feel Like Home

Interior design has transformed the medical office landscape. Many medical buildings have begun styling their physician offices with real people in mind—creating comfortable spaces that make you feel like you're in a cozy living room. As a result, not only has patient satisfaction increased, but patients have become more accepting of wait times.

Surroundings That Utilize Digital Technology

Technology never stops. Today's medical spaces are employing technologies like check-in/check-out computer kiosks to speed the intake process, alleviate waiting room congestion and reduce waiting time. More medical staff are using tablets and personal computers, and offices are using intuitive AI software to streamline everyday tasks, analyze data, and deliver more personalized patient experiences. You've probably also noticed an increased number of electrical outlets and USB ports throughout waiting areas and even inside exam rooms. Without a doubt, the future of medical offices is about tech-driven efficiency and productivity.

Environments That Are Energy Efficient

Industries across the board are embracing energy efficiency. Medical offices in particular are a prime target for energy efficient or green building design simply because they use lots of energy—from intense lighting and temperature-control systems to the use of extremely sophisticated technologies. Today, new technologies like LED lighting, solar energy and smart HVAC systems are making it possible to build, run and power medical office spaces without wasting resources. Over the long-term, these translate into long-term cost savings for the practice and business owner.

Outpatient Facilities That Are Close to Home

People are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. As inpatient stays are declining, outpatient visits are on the rise. Outpatient facilities allow patients to get the testing and procedures they need without having to stay overnight at a hospital, for example. To meet the needs of today’s patients, many specialized care centers are moving to commercial retail spaces. This brings them closer to where patients live, making healthcare more convenient and accessible.

... With so many exciting innovations in medical office design, patients may never want to leave.