Specialty care clinics serve a variety of functions from diagnosis to treatment. For long term patients or those staying only through recovery, advances in design capabilities have improved the options available for creating top-notch facilities.
Spatial studies have shown that the composition of a room can have a significant impact on the mood of those within it. The layout of walls, tables, and chairs can even affect how likely social interactions are to take place. Human interaction is a powerful contributor to healing. Open environments with airy colors promote positive energy and feel less clinical, something much more easily achieved with modern space-saving designs.
Environments that promote comfort are a natural component for any healthcare facility. Interaction is a powerful coping mechanism, and an overall sense of unity and well-being often leads to deeper rest and faster recovery. Another important component to successful specialty care clinics is the level of sound isolation between patient areas. Busy environments, particularly at those that deal with emergency services, often mean high levels of ambient noise. This can be disruptive to patients and staff alike, creating stress and negatively impacting the speed of recovery. This can also improve compliance with HIPAA privacy law, as exam rooms will carry a much greater degree of auditory privacy for doctors and patients.
Efficient, lean design is a modular approach to healthcare architecture allowing for greater flexibility between specialty clinics that each involve unique configurations of specialized equipment. One design could conceivably work for a variety of facilities, with rooms in any of the buildings being easily adaptable for custom setups and future renovation.