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5 Steps to Overcome the Hurdles of Healthcare Construction

How to Skyrocket Productivity When Building Healthcare Facilities

Physicians get all the credit, don’t they? The kudos for a big-time operation always go to the surgeon. A patient’s bounce-back after a hard fall goes to the nurses who attend him every minute of every day during his recovery. A child’s wellbeing is credited to the regular doses of polio vaccine they receive during their early years.

Lest you conclude we don’t love and honor the medical community, know that we absolutely do. After all, we’ve all had to go to the doctor at some point in our lives so our adoration of medicine is as acute as anyone’s. The point we’re making is subtly different, and it’s this: What do all of the above examples have in common?

Simple: They took place in a healthcare environment. And the proper construction and layout of that environment, as well as the productivity of the building phase, was critical to the success of the medical professionals within it. Nonetheless, healthcare construction is chalk full of challenges that make it a struggle to deliver on time and budget.

In our latest ebook: “Building with Care: 5 Strategies to Skyrocket Productivity in Healthcare Construction,” we discuss how builders can overcome the many hurdles of healthcare construction to deliver projects more efficiently and at a higher quality.

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Productivity Is Next to Godliness in Healthcare Construction

They say cleanliness is next to godliness, but we think it goes further than that: The right facilities are almost mythologically important. The saving of human lives, after all, is a pretty miraculous proposition–and it starts further back in the process than you might think. Without a high degree of productivity during the construction phase, we not only hamper the builders themselves, but the people who will use that facility later–the members of our communities.

Before a doctor can whip out a scalpel or insert a breathing tube, though, they need a facility in which to do it. Although a good doctor can perform a variety of procedures anywhere, the ideal environment goes a long way toward keeping people alive and healthy. In fact, the cleanliness of the environment is inextricably intertwined with human health.

In healthcare facilities, this means more than merely sweeping and taking out the trash. Although sweeping and taking out the trash do rank pretty darn high on the list of Items To Do Today, a quality facility–one capable of saving lives–needs a little more help than that. It requires the right foundation to enable its staff to keep it clean, functional and life-saving.

And before a physician can do that, they need a healthcare facility that is well laid-out, delivered on-time, fully outfitted, with no part of the facility canceled due to budget hangups. Yet, too frequently, that is not what happens during the building phase.

Rampant Anxiety About Healthcare Construction

As Buildings.com points out, “In most healthcare facilities, construction projects are a necessary evil.” That doesn’t mean they proceed smoothly, however. “Whether it’s a minor finish, a technology upgrade, or a campus-wide building program, construction projects can be expensive, unpredictable, inconvenient and seem to last forever.”

For obvious reasons, many healthcare stakeholders fear getting sucked into a project that wastes time, money and other resources. Luckily, you can swamp that anxiety with information, so long as you cultivate a greater understanding of the factors that influence the productivity and success of a project.

In this complimentary ebook, we’ll showcase a few emerging trends in the healthcare design and construction field, including:

  • The fact that 40% of new retail real estate transactions are for medical facilities compared with 2% a decade ago
  • Outpatient care accounts for roughly 60% of hospital revenue
  • The healthcare construction industry is expanding at a steady 3.5% per year
  • More than 30% of design and construction data is lost by the completion of any project closeout

These might seem like unrelated – nay, random – trends, but they are not. Understanding how they fit together will go a long way toward maximizing productivity with new construction technologies or growing your company safely and with a minimum of risk. Each trend impacts a specific area of construction, and only by comprehending its drivers can you account for it in your plans going forward. By understanding the trends in healthcare and where the room for productivity increases lie, you can do much to undermine construction’s tendency toward waste and bloat.

How to Increase Productivity and Win Healthcare Construction

Most importantly, in our ebook, we’ll discuss specific strategies and technology building teams can implement to improve productivity in healthcare construction. With these tips and tactics, healthcare facilities can be delivered faster and more cost-effectively with the potential to dramatically improve the well-being of patients and other end users.

In the guide, we’ll highlight the following productivity strategies:

  • Adopt the Right Technology
  • Go Lean
  • Utilize Visualization Technology
  • Improve Data Collection in Design & Construction
  • Standardize Workflows

Furthermore, the ebook will explain cutting-edge technology and software that specifically benefits healthcare construction teams.

Smart Building, Based on Productivity Strategies

That means smarter facilities, better real estate deals, more intelligent leveraging of this industry’s rapid growth, better maintenance of construction data throughout the lifetime of the project, and more. If you want to leverage the many openings in healthcare construction, both new buildings and the growing number of refurbishment opportunities, as well as complete projects in the most productive way possible, it’s time for a little productivity-centric reading. Download our ebook today.

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Grace Ellis

As a Content Marketing Manager at PlanGrid, Grace is the managing editor for the PlanGrid Construction Productivity Blog. With over eight years of experience in marketing, communications and PR for technology companies, she is specialized in high-quality content creation across both traditional and digital media platforms.

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