Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Beyond the Hospital Walls

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Beyond the Hospital Walls

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Health care is rapidly changing in a variety of ways, and one of the major shifts we have seen in recent years is the move away from hospital settings for many types of care. We are moving beyond hospital walls to medical office buildings, to outpatient facilities, to renovated retail spaces and --in some cases, such as telemedicine--to no walls at all.

For those of us responsible for designing, building and operating safe and effective health care facilities, these shifts can present new challenges. For example, managing a single hospital or campus can be less complicated than managing an ever-growing portfolio of facilities of various types and sizes. Ensuring code compliance across all of these facilities also can be a challenge. And working with various leases and landlords can make each individual facility unique. This month's Health Facilities Management (HFM) cover story focuses on ways to overcome these challenges and ensure that your organization's off-site facilities are managed effectively.

Another interesting story in this issue of HFM focuses on telemedicine. Some forms of telemedicine are relatively simple, such as a Skype consultation of a patient at home with a cold. …

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