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The Potential of Standards in the Planning, Design and Operation of Healthcare Facilities

John Reeve hosted a “Conversation” in early December with a group of healthcare facility development executives. The topic focused on the current use and future potential of standards in planning, design and operation of healthcare facilities. Although virtually all agreed that at some level standards bring value to project development, there were varied perspectives. The areas of divergence included: 1) process of arriving at standards; 2) how prescriptive standards should be; 3) means and methods for enforcing standards; 4) degree of integration with clinical operations standards; and 5) frequency for revisiting/updating. While approaches and results varied, everyone seemed to agree that on balance the application of facility standards can reduce project costs and potentially shorten delivery time. Both are benefits in delivering cost-effective, high quality healthcare to our communities.