Virtual Healthcare Design

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Hospitals and clinics are some of the most complex and labor-intensive building types. They require teams of specialists working together to gather data from patients and practitioners to design an environment that is optimized for their current procedures and can accommodate future changes.

Lean building processes target the flow of patients and clinicians to improve outcomes and increase efficiency. Virtual Reality streamlines the process, allowing for instantaneous iteration and better data to boot. 

  • Stand-alone VR sessions can be deployed in the office or on-site, allowing for easier drop-in and collaboration of stakeholders throughout the process.
  • VR sessions can supplement an existing physical mock-up, allowing users to instantly verify design changes made during the walk-through. This cuts down on rework and enables users to refresh their memory of past iterations.

     

     
     
     
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    Virtual mock-up

    Full-scale mockups provide critical feedback to designers, but it can be challenging and expensive to find space to fit a hospital wing sized cardboard mock-up for your meetings. Implementing and testing the feedback from these events can take weeks.

    Virtual mockups supplement or replace physical mockups by allowing clinicians to request and experience design changes on the fly, review past designs, and focus the discussion.

    Tricky schedules got you down? If you're not able to bring your top surgeon to the mockup, we can bring the mockup to your top surgeon via telepresence. 

    • We use turn-key VR software to process your CAD files into simple, accurate spaces that can be modified or adjusted during the event
    • Up to 4 people can explore a space together for better decision-making.
     
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    Patient/practitioner flow study

    This tool was borne out of numerous client requests for better data from our lean events. Our flow studies improve the "spaghetti diagrams" used regularly by medical planners to optimize user flow.

    In addition to the traditional method of interviewing staff, we immerse them in a specialized VR mock-up of their existing space or a new one. This gives them crucial context for the interview and allows us to capture much more accurate data than ever before.

    And the best part is, afterward, we deliver an itemized spreadsheet of travel paths and distances. This can be mined for insights by your team much easier than a hundred feet of tangled yarn.

    Coming soon: Automatic analysis tools that provide data-driven feedback and instantly compare the efficiency of various design options based on gathered data.

     
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    Ergonomic design analysis

    Working in a virtual environment allows us to easily measure the range of motion of a participant and easily adjust their surroundings to their height and reach.

    Our tool lets practitioners design and lay out exam rooms, bed units, nurse stations, and more, all according to their unique physical parameters. We can also gather aggregate user data to determine trends in placement or arrangement of fixtures.

     
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    Procedure mock-up 

    Nobody knows an operating room like the medical professionals who use it. Simulating procedures is the only way to know for sure that a space supports the process. But building and outfitting a space sufficiently for this exercise is often prohibitively expensive or sometimes impossible. 

    With our extensive library of simulated medical equipment, we can walk you through any necessary activity in full scale within a dynamic, interactive and physics-based virtual environment. 

    Get Started

    1.     We’ll ask you about your project, your client, who will be attending the meeting, and the goals of the meeting.

    2.     We select the right tools for the job and work with you to prepare your files for Virtual Reality.

    3.     We’ll arrive early with equipment, and take care of the technology so you can focus on your client.