NeoCon 2017 | The Future of Healthcare & Industry Trends

NeoCon 2017 Recap

The largest office furniture trade show in North America is a global platform for commercial interiors. Located at the Mart in Chicago, this year’s 49th annual event was held from June 12-14 and hosted 50,000 design professionals from around the world.  The event, known for its display of innovation, caters to vertical markets from hospitality to corporate and education to healthcare.

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Healthcare is no different than any other market, as it’s incredibly important to consider trends – regardless the size of project. NeoCon showcased the newest up and coming trends, and although predictable they can be easily implemented and extremely influential to a facility’s successful business model.

 – Active Waiting Room –

Similar to commercial office environments, healthcare facilities are providing their patients with a variety of spaces to be productive while they wait. Standing height counters allow multiple visitors to plug-in; whether its to do their work, charge personal devices or even participate in healthcare provided educational programs. This type of work space can be flawlessly executed in an existing waiting space or incorporated into a brand new design.Kimball Health active waiting room

Kimball Health | Alterna

A new product launch for Kimball Health, the Alterna casework series has an endless amount of configurations and customization capabilities.  In comparison to the more predictable millwork solution in the healthcare arena, Alterna also boasts modularity.  It’s components can be easily modified without having to disrupt the surrounding environment and in turn create less down time, inspiring facility departments to implement it into their furniture standards.

And with a wide variety of materials and hardware options, this product can be designed for any healthcare facility, providing function for all types of spaces from waiting rooms to exam rooms to treatment bays.

Kimball | Pep Seating

The new side chair and stool duo from Kimball are stylish, comfortable and most importantly functional for any type of healthcare space.  Pep is light weight and it’s poly seat is easily cleanable, making it a dream for EVS staff.  The sled base stool, shown in the active waiting room, is the perfect solution for patients to plug-in and pull up to the counter. Its companion chair is available with a four-leg base, in the same poly colors, and looks lovely in a cafe environment.

Kimball Health | Spruce Occasional Tables

Also launched at this year’s NeoCon is the coordinating occasional table series within the Spruce Lounge collection.  Coffee and side tables are available in the same finishes and table top materials making this series a complete solution for healthcare waiting spaces.

Spruce lounge with occassional tablesThe solid surface top has an optional spill groove making it perfect for waiting room and patient spaces.  The Cupron solid surface, which continuously kills harmful bacteria within 2 hours of exposure, can be applied in areas of concern like high traffic spaces and Emergency Department waiting rooms. Cupron solid surface is shown below, in grey, on the Sanctuary bedside cabinet.

Wait times are unfortunately part of the operation, but facilities are recognizing that when their visitors are offered a variety of solutions to distract the mind, stress levels are reduced and overall patient satisfaction rates are increased.

– Mixed-Use Consultation Rooms –

Consultation spaces are being designed to support a variety of meeting types and allow patients to relax during stressful visits. Comfortable seating, positioned adjacent to an enclosed exam area, creates a place for patients and their loved ones to sit together while learning about diagnosis and treatment options. Chicago_2017_31a

Kimball | Pairings

The two seat lounge with 8″ arm is perfectly sized for family members to sit together, allowing room for one more to perch on the arm. Pairings can also be configured for spaces with limited privacy by adding the side and back panels. Coordinating occasional tables are also available.Pairings 2seater with coffee table

AllSeating|Foster Patient Rocker

Patients can find comfort in smaller scaled chairs, like rockers or gliders, in mixed-use consultation rooms. The newest addition to the Foster seating collection from AllSeating was highlighted at this year’s NeoCon. The Patient Chair with rocker base inspires a calming motion and has a relaxing effect.

Design professionals understand that with the correct material application, lounge furniture can also be utilized in exam rooms to provide comfort to patients and their loved ones. Environmentally conscious and high performance upholstery are abundant in the industry and Xorel, by Carnegie Fabrics, is one of the top contenders in the healthcare arena.  These plant-based textiles are embossed with new graphic patterns, creating depth and texture that can be applied as wallcoverings or upholstered on furniture.

Xorel|2017 Product Launches

By providing functional and comfortable seating for the medical professionals, patients and their loved ones, mixed use consultation rooms can satisfy a variety of different needs and allow healthcare facilities to maximize their square foot utilization.

– Hospitality-Driven Treatment Bays –

Depending on the treatment, patients are required to spend several hours sitting in their chair. This lengthy amount of time can increase the patient’s level of stress and cause further complications to their recovery.  Therefore, it is crucial to provide spaces that promote relaxation.  By taking cue from spa-like environments from the hospitality industry, treatment bays are being designed to minimize stress and encourage effective recuperation.

Infusion Bay _ Villa Health Sleep Sofa. Alterna. Sanctuary. Meadow

Kimball Health now has a full line of furniture that can be utilized in these types of spaces.  The Meadow patient recliner can be specified with a variety of different options, customizing the features to aid in the particular treatment type. The Villa Health Sleep Sofa provides seating and storage for family members to wait while their loved ones receive treatment. The newest product launch – Alterna – offers unlimited storage components, including locker spaces, open cubbies and wardrobes.  Wall mounted panels are available in coordinating finishes to help protect the wall from damage and make these spaces feel more hospitality-like.

Carolina | Saven Rocker

Saven Rocker

One of Carolina’s newest healthcare launches is the Saven Rocker. It was designed for mothers and their babies, but can provide a resting place that helps all types of patients restore through its gentle, soothing motion.  The adjustable arms make this chair comfortable for all body sizes and allows nursing staff to tend to patients more easily.

Concertex | 2017 product launches

Concertex released twelve new Phthalate Free Vinyls, with exclusive ClearShield™ + Graffiti-Free® Layers, that are perfect for all healthcare environments.  These soft-handed, coated fabrics are bleach cleanable have 500,000+ double rubs.

Applying hospitality design aesthetics into treatment spaces creates a calming environment, aids in the recovery process and enhances the overall patient experience.

These trends made their way into the 2017 NeoCon showrooms and although some are already available, many of these new products will emerge in the coming months.

For quick reference to the Kimball 2017 product launches – check out this quick look book: Fresh for 2017

About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Dana Marble, Healthcare Account Executive

dmarble@corporatedesigninteriors.com
P 262.544.8694

Keys to Achieving Healing Healthcare Environments

Creating a satisfying healthcare environment requires holistically combining the needs of the patient, caregivers and loved ones to build the most effective design. Through our years of experience, we’ve seen first-hand that workplace design improves the overall health of employees and we are excited to be taking this next step in the healthcare industry by aiding those whose job it is to heal persons in the hospital by creating natural, healing environments through design.

We believe a customized design experience is crucial in fostering comfortable healing processes, promoting productivity among hospital staff and improving patient and caregiver safety, resulting in overall patient satisfaction.

Design for Patients & Their Loved Ones

A focus on designing facilities that cater to patient and family needs and comfort can aid in reducing stress and generating faster healing times. If the environment is calming and comfortable, anxieties about the visit can be dispelled and overall satisfaction with the experience can increase.

The Patient Room

Creating an environment within the patient room that is both safe for the patient and efficient for staff is imperative considering that patients spend most of their hospital stay within their room.

Kimball Health | Overbed Tables

Being confined to a room during the duration of a hospital stay can cause stress; therefore, providing adequate storage and customized power modules is beneficial in providing a positive experience. These features should be easily accessible by the patient to reduce stress and allow for nursing staff to assist patients with more critical issues in lieu of spending time helping with simpler tasks.

Kimball Health | Sanctuary

Patients’ visitors spend time in their room as well, so providing them with customized solutions, such as power capabilities and storage drawers for personal items, can help them feel comfortable within the room. If visitors enjoy being in the patient’s room worry-free, their focus can remain on helping their loved one recover.

This Kimball Meadow Patient Recliner allows for ease in patient transport while still adhering to patient safety. Movement is free and easy with rotating casters, but the chair can still be locked into position if necessary. Other adjustable features, such as the dual-sided Trendelenburg capability (which raises the patient’s feet above their head), an independent footrest operation and infinite back controls accommodate customized treatment services.

Kimball Health | Meadow

If a patient’s stay in the hospital will be lengthy, family may desire the ability to spend the night in the room with the patient. Accommodations for them to comfortably stay with their loved one encourages participation in the patient’s care and leads to better outcomes for patient recovery.

Kimball Health | Villa Sleep Sofa

The Waiting Room

Considering that family members play an important role in helping their loved ones heal, it is also essential to have destination spaces for them to connect, find respite and rejuvenate to allow for the best possible experience for any visitors, ultimately allowing them to solely focus on their loved ones needs.

Kimball Office | Pairings

Customized furniture in waiting rooms can aid in the physical and emotional needs of a person waiting to speak to a medical professional or awaiting news on their loved one receiving treatment. The versatile Kimball Pairings Lounge Based Collection is designed to be able to work alone or in combination with other pieces, offering endless configurations to achieve comfort.

Kimball Office | Villa

This collection’s ability to be designed for any space allows a person to actively control their level of comfort, hopefully easing nerves about an already uncomfortable and anxiety-filled visit to the hospital or doctor’s office.

Design for Healthcare Providers

While design for healing centers on the needs of the patients and their loved ones, it also focuses on the needs of the caregiving professionals as they are in constant and direct contact with the patients – ultimately responsible for overall satisfaction of the health organization. Productivity, efficiency, health and safety are all contributors of increased success in overall outcomes and patient satisfaction and should be considered when designing the ultimate healing space.

Productivity and Efficiency

With adjustable technology, caregivers can optimize communication. Trust between patient and caregiver during treatment is critical, and increasing the level of engagement between the two can cultivate that necessary sense of trust. Effective communication can enhance overall patient satisfaction with the quality of care they have received.

Additionally, adjustable technology can reduce discomfort and provide important postural benefits for caregivers working lengthy hours, most of which up and on their feet. Minimizing discomfort aids in their ability to work productively during these long hours and reduce the risk of any concentration issues that often lead to errors in patient care.

Ergonomics

The principles of ergonomics minimize risk of injury, discomfort and error rates while maximizing productivity. Using design technology that highlights adjustability, flexibility, support and easy use can reduce error rate in treatment, simultaneously improving patient care and outcomes.

Humanscale | Mobile Cart

Ergonomic mobile carts allow for caregivers to spend more time caring for the patients and less time worrying about technology, ultimately allowing them to visit with more patients. Since these carts increase mobility, there is an added health benefit for the healthcare providers. Additionally, they save crucial time and energy by allowing for real-time data entry by caregivers, reducing the risk of error that can result from remembering the information and compiling it later.

Safety

Technology that enhances productivity and ergonomic improvement for caregivers can also create a safer environment for patient care. Since there is a direct correlation between nurse fatigue, patient care and safety – maximizing patient safety while minimizing risk of error is essential.

Humanscale | Pony Saddle

The Saddle and Pony Saddle seats are ideal for working closely on the computer and offer a healthy way of sitting if leaning back on a back rest is not an option. Comfortable and versatile, these seats improve posture and allow for long-term comfort.

The V6 technology wall station was engineered & designed by the Humanscale Design Studio specifically for the healthcare environment.

Humanscale | Adjustable Wall Stations

This customized wall station supports a monitor and keyboard – along with hardware, shelves and accessories – that allows for easy positioning. Comfort for the caregiver and effective communication between them and the patient can be effectively maintained through this ergonomic design.

Managing fatigue and providing solutions to minimize fatigue is key for maintaining high-quality patient care and safety within the healthcare system. Designing spaces for caregivers and providers directly responsible for patient care can improve overall work place well-being. Offering designs that highlight productivity, ergonomic improvements and safety can streamline caregivers’ jobs and make positive impacts on the work environment and with patient care.

Final Thoughts

Focusing directly on the needs of patients, their family and those who work in the healthcare industry is critical in overall satisfaction with a healing experience. A customized design directly allows for comfortable accommodations and ergonomic improvements, increased productivity, enhanced safety measures and beneficial patient care and outcomes.

About the Author

Dana Marble has an interior design background & worked in the architectural industry for 10+ years before joining Corporate Design Interiors.  As a healthcare account executive, Dana is able to apply her project experience and help her clients develop patient-centric environments, which promotes successful business and increases overall satisfaction rates.

About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

For more information: www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

Dana Marble
dmarble@corporatedesigninteriors.com
P 262.544.8694