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Monday
Jun262017

Uniting Healthcare and Community: Connecting the Dots

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

Like healthcare, design is about the individuals who collectively make up the whole. One powerful thread carrying through this blog series has been the importance of the human experience; that healthcare providers need to connect with their communities at all scales and build improved experiences.

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Tuesday
Jun202017

Roadblocks to an EV Centric World 

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Today, designers, developers and city planners who struggle to predict and prepare for an autonomous vehicle future – especially with an EV centric component – are overlooking the most obvious constricting factor: the accessibility of power itself. This fragile and archaic infrastructure’s life has been extended through building code modifications and public sector incentives to strike a more environmental way of living, but the result is simply treating the symptoms without curing the illness.

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Thursday
Jun152017

L.A.’s Next Big Challenge: Creating Inclusive Public Spaces 

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Gensler’s Los Angeles office sits amidst bustling Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)—a place that has undergone dramatic changes in environmental and demographic character over recent decades. Many native Angelenos will attest: “We never spent time downtown when I was growing up.” Today, cranes dot the downtown landscape in every direction. And while Los Angeles is an icon of diversity, with new development comes a clear sense of stratification.

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Tuesday
Jun062017

High-Performance Computer Brings Billion Dollar Returns

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We all can imagine how many people have bought a high-performance sports car – in some cases shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars into an investment that is fast and sexy – thinking of the potential excitement and thrill of driving it. In the back of their mind (maybe), they are thinking its value might possibly increase as a collector’s item; and, maybe, just maybe, they will make some money out of the deal (less the thousands of dollars they spend every year on maintenance).

The question being: can high performance translate into high returns?

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Friday
Jun022017

Uniting Healthcare and Community: What Healthcare Customers Crave

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

If you are a healthcare provider, you know it is no longer good enough to simply provide excellent medical care. The rapid growth and expansion of outpatient health care services have created a fiercely competitive market where patients (finally) have a choice. Hospital systems are becoming health systems with primary care networks; community clinics are expanding to vie for the growing insured populations; and disruptive retail and telehealth providers are filling the gaps with on-demand care. Add to this the rise of high-deductible health plans and patients not only have a choice in where they seek care—they are financially motivated to make informed decisions that maximize value. Patients have become consumers, and only the healthcare providers who understand what their patients really want will win their loyalty.

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