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Tuesday
May232017

Autonomous Vehicles Part I: The Future is Here

EZ10 self-driving shuttle in use, photo by Joe Pobiner © Gensler

There’s been a LOT of talk about autonomous vehicles recently. Every automaker is promising a self-driving car within the next few years, and every conference has several sessions dedicated to the consequences of this new technology. But did you know that autonomous technology is already here? (And has been for quite some time).

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Friday
May192017

From Macro to Micro: Improving the Healthcare Experience through the Design Process

The Healthcare and Paradigm Shift, Image © Gensler

This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the hospital lobby at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a healthy man spends many of his days with strangers-made-friends—the security guard, the little lady that runs the gift shop, and the customers at his favorite cookie stand. He’s there not out of obligation or necessity—he’s neither sick nor a hospital employee. He’s there for community. A few years back his wife had passed; he came back to the hospital to feel a connection to her. In doing so, he created community, through an unconventional way and in an unexpected place.

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Friday
May192017

A Funny Thing May Happen on the Way to AI

Image: Markus Spiske

When we picture the future of technology, scenes from “The Terminator” or “2001: A Space Odyssey” might first enter our minds, showing us the end of humanity or the rampage of psychotic robots. But regardless of how it’s portrayed in films or the number of industry experts (Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking) warning us of its risks, leading edge technology is growing at an incredible pace and with it, an ever more automated society.

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Thursday
Apr272017

What Corporate Campuses and Healthcare Campuses Can Learn from Each Other 

Image © Gensler

This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

Several months ago, my son fractured his wrist, precipitating a late-night trip to the emergency room. As we pulled up to our local hospital, which had recently undergone a major renovation, my husband and I were unable to find the entrance to the ER. After circling the campus several times, we decided to park the car and walk to the nearest building entry, trusting that whatever signage we found inside would direct us to where we needed to be inside the ten-headed monster of the main hospital building.

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Tuesday
Apr182017

Four Strategies for Hospitals to Strengthen Their Communities

Image © Gensler

This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

In many places across the U.S., hospitals and healthcare systems are the largest employers in their regions. But are they true engines of economic development for their communities? Not always. Their limited influence is often the consequence of outdated planning strategies and tax laws. Now a bottom-up demand is creating a market for a more responsive and proactive model of healthcare delivery, sparking a revolution that will directly impact the planning and land use strategies used on major hospital campuses. Let’s look at how this situation has developed, and outline some solutions to address it.

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