Imagine What a Futuristic Oncology Clinic Might Be Like
This 12,000 square foot Outpatient Services Clinic which opened in June 2014, includes a new Vestibule, Waiting Room, Reception/Registration, Team Conference Rooms, Exam & Consultation Rooms, Session Assistant Stations, Clean Storage, Phlebotomy, Patient Toilet, Staff Toilet and Soiled Holding, as well as a Infusion/Transfusion Suite. The Infusion Suite consists of six Infusion Rooms, Nurses Station, Pantry, Seating Area and Medical Storage.
Architect: Michael Pomarico
Country: United States
The primary design challenge of this type of project deals with maximizing provider efficiency by thinking of the clinic as a real time system: integrated, intelligent and accurate. After the functional formation of space was realized our team designed every detail around the experience of the patient seeing treatment.
In considering how to stimulate a positive experience, design solutions were derived from the perspective of the individuals in the treatment chairs. From personal privacy to impression of form, our designers were sensitive to ways in which a space can affect the individual mindset of a patient receiving difficult medical news.
The Consultation Rooms are an intimate space that seamlessly transforms from examination to consultation mode via subtle lighting shifts and specially designed chairs.
A Real-Time Laboratory in Innovation
The MSK Clinic of the Future at the 64th Street Outpatient Center is already implementing cutting-edge practices for patient care and clinical research in people with lymphomas and multiple myelomas.
Behind the scenes, real-time location services allow patients to freely move about the clinic. Patients and staff wear unobtrusive radio-frequency ID cards that enable us to automatically check people in to phlebotomy and dynamically assign consultation rooms, resulting in decreased wait times, increased transparency about delays, and timely updates — improving efficiency and work flow.
Smart-Room Technology. By laying the groundwork for “smart rooms” responsive to each patient, we are preparing to introduce educational content and clinical research materials using in-room video portals that reflect an individual’s specific needs.
Through wireless technology, patients and physicians can review laboratory or radiology results eye to eye. Physicians can share information on their screens to examine trends in laboratory findings, view radiographic images, and coordinate care. Simultaneously, we’re building a video library of educational and clinical research materials to convey essential information about cancer care and treatment — all of which can be seamlessly shared via email and patient portals.The multimedia content will initially include nursing materials on managing symptoms, wellness content, nutrition advice, and clinical-trial briefs that present concepts in an understandable manner.
The “Why” of the Clinic of the Future. At the heart of all of these efforts is our relentless drive to offer the very best cancer care in the world, centered on the specific needs of each patient. By boosting our ability to work as a team in embracing each patient and shaping individual treatment plans, the clinic enables us to provide the latest in cutting-edge approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately, the conquering of cancer.