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Making the Case for Medical Travel

Medical travel is a growing trend, as increasingly, more people are traveling to seek care.

Anyone who’s ever traveled has likely done so with someone who’s sick. And most of us have traveled when we weren’t in the pink of health. The reality is that every day, millions of people are traveling while sick. But increasingly, many of them are traveling because they are sick and seeking the care they need to get better. Unless we are one of them, we are usually not aware of these medical travelers, their special needs, or the service industry that has grown to meet those needs.

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Six Key Drivers Transforming Healthcare Business

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Healthcare expenditures in the U.S. are ballooning, with projections indicating an increase of $3.5 trillion between 2010 and 2040. There are numerous factors spurring such robust growth, yet the two prime factors are a graying population and millions more Americans insured under the Affordable Care Act. At first blush, the future for the health services industry would seem rosy. Yet a closer look reveals that upward sloping expenditures don’t necessarily correlate to increasing revenues. Profitability is still a concern, particularly for hospitals, which are dealing with upticks in labor expenses and the cost of supplies. (In fact, many hospitals are still figuring out how to precisely measure their costs.)

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Connecting a Medical School to Its Community: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University

The Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University. Exterior view of the south facade and study cascade (under construction, June 2016). Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

This fall, students and faculty will experience a different kind of Medical and Graduate school at Columbia University's new Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. In addition to the intricate glass facade, soaring views and innovative technology, it’s a building that comes equipped with a very big heart. As the principal-in-charge for Gensler, the executive architect for the project (in collaboration with Diller Scofidio Renfro as lead designer), l saw the collaborative design process bring a certain vitality to its architecture, taking the design beyond just a built "rendering” to realizing a vision that will connect its community.

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On the [Health Tech] Fit Grid: Towards Preventative and Chronic Care

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I don’t mean to brag, but you could say that I’m the perfect private insurance customer: single, healthy, and fit. That is, until recently.

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Out of the Shadows: Designing for Behavioral Health

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Cafe. Image © Shau Lin Hon

In December 2014, the Huffington Post UK posted an article and accompanying cartoon which satirizes our society’s prevailing misunderstanding of mental health, which is the trivialization and dismissal of such suffering. From our choice descriptors to our “helpful” advice, we are usually way off target in eradicating the stigma of mental health.

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