Strategy consulting firm Eden Strategy Institute (Singapore) has released a global review of hospital practices in dealing with pandemics, drawing insights from the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as from previous pandemics such as SARS, H1N1, and Ebola.
The research details different operational and business approaches used by leading hospitals around the globe to manage clinical risks in the current public health crisis. Some of the practices specific to healthcare facilities design include ways to enhance physical layout and traffic management during surge in patients and visitors, such as the creation of dedicated pathways for patients suspected of infection and the construction of temporary emergency isolation wards when supply of beds runs low.
The study incorporated global insights from leading government agencies and healthcare providers such as Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) and Michigan Medicine (Ann Arbor, Mich.), as well as public health systems that have performed well in the COVID-19 pandemic, including those in China, Germany, and Singapore. Healthcare experts from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Boston University School of Public Health (Boston), Harvard Medical School (Boston), and Boston Medical Centre (Boston) also consulted in the research.
The report can be found here.