Designing Healthcare for the Future

Healthcare Trends on the Global Market

As aging populations across the globe continue to grow, the global health care market is currently investing in new construction trends to improve both cost and access to services. In similar positions as other Middle Eastern countries, Oman is in a unique situation to improve both access and cost to services.

What follows is a look at the technological changes we, at MEC, have seen in the global healthcare market, along with a high-level review of Oman’s health care sector to identify opportunities for the coming years.

GLOBAL HEALTHCARE TRENDS

There are clear trends to improve the cost certainly of healthcare projects, as well as the timeline to market to help provide services to the public. For instance, EIR Healthcare in the united State is meeting this need to care access and integration of technology by transforming how medical rooms are designed and developed through modular designs. We’ve seen similar trends over the past few years, particularly as they relate to Patients/Facilities and Healthcare Providers.

PATIENTS/FACILITIES

A sampling of trends we’ve identified include:

  •  Upgrades to existing facilities to meet technological advancement of medical care solutions,
  • Flexibility and adaptability for new equipment and procedures,
  • Modular solutions allowing for growth in existing schemes and future re-use/relocation,
  • Prefabricated customised solutions for I.P. Wards, Delivery Rooms, ICU’s Chemotherapy Rooms, Dialysis, Physiotherapy, Radiology, Laboratories, Operating Rooms, Data centres, etc,
  • Well-laid out, cost effective designs, particularly within the private sector,
  • Accessible and upgradable data systems, and
  • More outpatient clinics, micro-clinics, and wellness centers to engage patients as active partners in their healthcare.

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

Healthcare provider trends identifies include:

  • Strategies and practices to retain healthcare workers in the profession,
  • Programs to help reduce stress and burnout of physicians and support staff,
  • Building designs to bring more natural light and spaces, and
  • Well-designed modular accommodation facilities.

Of  these opportunities, MEC sees great benefits with modular construction for the healthcare industry, primarily through efficient design, better quality materials, reduced waste, speed, flexibility and cost savings. Unlike the standard construction process, the modular approach has potential to reduce site-based activities by up to 80%. As such, new healthcare projects could develop base builds, with additional modules added as the demand increases. With less site-based activity and building anly for current need, modular solutions help to prevent construction accidents, provide jbs for the local workforce, and ensure effective costs in design through execution.

 

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