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Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure Research Papers

Research Papers

Academy Research Findings & Conclusions

The small, focused AHI Interdisciplinary Research Teams set out to identify current best practices; envision the future of the healthcare infrastructure industry; and engage appropriate industry leaders to develop new approaches for solving critical problems.of industry experts committed to envision materially improved approaches to a specific critical industry issue. Their findings and conclusions are presented in the following papers available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF

Team 1: Owner Organization for Successful Project Outcomes

Facilitated by Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, of Texas A&M University and underwritten by Gilbane, Team 1 sought to shed light on the strategies adopted by successful owners and identifies 12 themes that consistently arose from interviews with industry experts.

Team 2: Developing a Flexible Healthcare Infrastructure

Facilitated by David Allison, FAIA of Clemson University and underwritten by Southland Industries, Team 2 first defined what flexibility means in relation to healthcare infrastructure, and then addressed why flexibility and the ability to accommodate changing needs are important by identifying the forces of change in healthcare.

Team 3: Project Acceleration / Speed to Market Strategies

Facilitated by Rebekah Gladson, FAIA, of rggroup global and underwritten by Balfour Beatty, Team 3 initiated a conversation on how to improve overall healthcare business success by considering project planning, project delivery, risk management and innovation as an integral part of the industry’s ability to accelerate project development economically. 

Team 4: Defining the Next Generation’s Focus

Facilitated by Mardelle Shepley, FAIA, of Cornell University and underwritten by Clark Construction, Team 4 shed light on the potential directions of the field in the context of the next generation and provided some guidance to serve as a potential roadmap.

Team 5: Reducing Capital Costs

Facilitated by Dennis Bausman, PhD, of Cornell University and underwritten by Jacobs Project Management, Team 5 looked at the nation’s healthcare spending in relation to the rest of the world. Within the U.S. healthcare industry, an evolving reimbursement structure, changing technology, funding restrictions, increasing competition and rising customer expectations combine to make improving services while lowering costs—an especially daunting task for healthcare providers.

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