An Interview with Mayo Transform Moderator John Hockenberry

Award-winning journalist and author John Hockenberry has moderated the acclaimed Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Transform symposium the past three years, and in doing so has helped bring design thinking to important conversations regarding healthcare environments and experiences. Nurture recently spoke with him about his thoughts on healthcare design, technology use in healthcare, and the future of the patient experience.

When asked for a major takeaway from the 2013 event, he said, “That’s why these conversations are so important, because they bring diverse perspectives together to get to the root of issues. For instance, maybe the Emergency Room is telling us we need to optimize it from a design perspective, so people are able to have a front-end place to go that they know about, that they are comfortable with. Elements of the ER that are comfortable to the uninsured shouldn’t necessarily go away, as new touchpoints are created via the Affordable Care Act.”

Read the full interview for more of John’s insights.


Neighbor: Perfect for Multiple Postures

Created by award-winning designer George Simmons, Neighbor™ offers chairs, tables and couches that foster meaningful connections and interactions. Whether you are lying down, snuggling up, or just sitting, Neighbor will work for you.

As healthcare experiences shift towards being more collaborative, preventative and holistic, Neighbor allows individuals to go from feeling powerless to feeling empowered by offering various seating options based on postural and privacy preferences. This choice enables and optimizes the ability to be in control of one’s own wellbeing.

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Statistics Prove Being A Nurse is Risky Business

Statistically, nursing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. in terms of the potential for workplace back injuries.

Would you have guessed over 50% of nurses complain of chronic back pain, with up to 80% experiencing some sort of injury in their career? Plus, 38% of nurses report having occupational-related back pain severe enough to require leave from work. The only job more dangerous to your back is that of a truck driver. Costs associated with clinician back injuries alone in the healthcare industry are estimated to be $20 billion annually.

These statistics and costs are alarming – luckily, there are many within the healthcare industry who recognize this critical issue and are finding ways to reduce injuries to create healthier work environments.

Establishing a safer care environment will come through a combination of proper training, quality equipment and new, innovative tools.

Read more about taking the pain out of caregiving.


Smartphone and the Future of the Physical

With the advent and growing ubiquity of do-it-all smartphones, it was only a matter of time before the traditional health physical was supplemented, and in some cases replaced by, a multitude of health apps and gadgets.

The Smartphone Physical, created and administered by a team from Medgadget, is a convenient, stress-free way to use technology to easily and smartly help track a patient’s health – and it was sure a hit in Washington D.C. at the 2013 TEDMED event.

Read more about Smartphone physicals.


Progressive mobility: The Benefits of Getting Out of Bed

Early mobility for ICU patients comes with countless benefits – and getting these patients out of bed is one of the most important things a clinician can do. Progressive mobility, defined as a series of planned movements in sequential manner, begins at a patient’s current mobility status with a goal of returning to their baseline level.

Once a patient can bear weight, it’s on to work on standing, pivoting and marching in place. Prior to weight bearing, even moving to sit can be a significant milestone, whether the patient remains in bed or moves to a chair. Sitting can improve a patient’s pulmonary function, not to mention their psyche.

Methods and equipment that support progressive mobility are essential supports of the healing process, as well as the needs of nurses, ensuring safe patient handling and reduction of staff injury. Types of supportive equipment vary, but often include the bed itself, slide and glide sheets, bed lifts, recliners and walkers.

Learn more about Progressive Mobility.


Your Doctor’s Waiting Room or a Coffee Shop?

The future of healthcare is a topic that sparks much debate, but one thing is certain – the patient experience is changing, and for the better.

In an era of increased competition and a shift from a volume-based healthcare system to one that is value and outcome-based, the doctor’s office providing the best experience for its patients will be most successful.

Expert healthcare minds at the A&D firm Gensler are striving to provide sound solutions to these questions and evolutions, and redefine the doctor’s office not as a passive space but as a vibrant, retail-esque environment that assists in the journey towards health and wellbeing.

See the full article in Fast Company.

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