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Transforming Homes And Communities Into Healthcare Hubs In The Post-Covid Future

Hospital design experts Ryan Hullinger and Sarah Markovitz discuss the inevitable shifts in healthcare delivery as technology leads to new care settings and rethinking hospitals.


The explosion of telehealth prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a shift in care delivery away from the hospital and clinic and into homes and communities. While hospitals have historically been the main hub of care, technology and new care models are enabling a different approach to care delivery. Rather than episodic preventative care, in which a patient periodically goes to a physician or hospital with a health concern, this new model of care is continuous and ubiquitous—with ongoing care reinforced in the home, office, school and throughout the community. There are three key aspects to this shift: advancing technology, new care settings, and the future evolution of hospitals.

Advancing Technology

Healthcare may

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  • October 26, 2020
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3 Ways Healthcare Has Changed

Perhaps more than any other industry, healthcare has been rocked by COVID-19. From facing influxes of patients and not having proper equipment to pausing elective procedures for months, the pandemic has caused healthcare to change nearly everything about how it operates and designs patient experiences. 

But even amongst the turmoil, COVID-19 can serve as a catalyst to a safer, more efficient and more patient-centric experience in three main ways: 

Increased Telehealth Options

Many providers have offered telehealth options for years, but they were often an afterthought on clunky systems. COVID-19 accelerated telehealth by a decade to make it a commonplace and convenient experience for both patients and providers. The amount of U.S. patients using telehealth grew from 11% in 2019 to 46% in April 2020. 

Being forced into telemedicine helped disprove many assumptions about the service. Many patients and providers have long thought that telehealth offered subpar service because

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  • October 1, 2020
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Fired as a hotel housekeeper when she got COVID-19, she now has no income or healthcare

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The Mejia family has been saving money by growing their own vegetables and raising hens for eggs. With less work, parents Liz and Arturo Mejia, both airport employees, worry about losing their home in South-Central L.A. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Liz Mejia, temporarily laid off from her job as a restaurant server at Los Angeles International Airport in March, knew her family had to cut costs. So she and her husband added vegetables and fruit to their garden in South L.A., and they bought a cow, had it butchered, and shared the meat with relatives to bring down grocery costs.

Elvia Martinez, who lives in a garage with her two children and her mother, was laid off for two month from her airport restaurant job. She’s back at work now but worries about getting the coronavirus from customers and

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  • August 29, 2020
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Virginia Bridal Salon Gives Free Designer Wedding Gowns to 75 Healthcare Workers

Tara Liebeck Photography

A Virginia Beach bridal salon gifted 75 designer wedding dresses to healthcare workers in recognition of their hard work and sacrifice amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Ava Clara Couture Bridal was inundated with more than 600 applications when they announced the giveaway in April, leading them to expand the original giveaway from 50 dresses to 75. The event was coordinated through Ava Clara’s non-profit organization, “Tulle 4 All”, which previously hosted a similar giveaway for teachers in 2018.

Last week, after months of waiting, the lucky brides were able to choose their free gowns during socially distanced appointments spread out across three days. The gifted wedding dresses were valued up to $4,000 and included designers such as Casablanca, Wtoo, Anne Barge, Justin Alexander, Kenneth Winston, and Tara Keel.

“We need to be giving them the utmost support and appreciation,” Alex Fleear, the owner of Ava Clara Couture

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  • August 28, 2020