By 2030 almost 1/3 of North America will be over 65 years old. These aging baby boomers are well-traveled, educated, active and Wellness driven. They will have expectations for convenient, efficient healthcare experience. Also, they will be environmentally conscious having heard the term “CARBON FOOTPRINT REDUCTION” for years.
With this Boomer Tsunami demanding healthcare services, it is projected that an estimated 150,000 additional healthcare practitioners will enter the economy by 2025 thereby fueling an estimated 11% annual growth rate for healthcare space according to MedScape.
At DCL we believe that the built environment, technology and will be infused into the healthcare experience and the development of these types of healthcare hubs will be critical.
Doctors of the Future Will Treat and Innovate
Artificial intelligence, wearable sensors, virtual reality – these disruptive technologies are completely changing the way patients and doctors think and act about healthcare. Technology will finally allow doctors to focus on what makes them good physicians: treating patients and innovating, while automation will do the repetitive part of the work.
Is the doctor of the future going to do this from a Class B facility without outdated technology? The short answer is No..
Is the healthcare provider of the future going to be environmentally conscious?
Yes… So they will need a facility as advanced as the technology they use for the patient and the patient will expect a facility as advanced as the technology.
The next generation of facilities will need to respond to the patient as “the consumer” who is educated and sophisticated. Patients will choose the site of their care based on the perceived value of that care. A focus on wellness, community embeddedness sustainability will be sought after.
Ideals like carbon footprint reduction, environmental awareness, sustainable facilities, and wellness environment are infused into DCL developments.
DCL is positioning its facilities to be the gap between the walk-in-clinic and the emergency room. Each year an average of 150 million emergency room visits happen in North America; less than 2% are admitted. Diverting avoidable emergency department visits could save healthcare over $30 billion annually.