The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA; Overland Park, Kan.) recently released its “Future of Healthcare Task Force Report” that examines healthcare design and provides recommendations that architects and facility mangers should consider to improve access to healthcare in a post-pandemic world.

The task force, comprised of six ACHA certificants and healthcare and patient advocacy organization members, met for six months to study how healthcare will be delivered in the future, how to create an equitable system, as well as the types of spaces needed.

The report highlights three spheres of influence on healthcare, including market disruptors, ability to react to needs, and agility of the system. Among the topics discussed are public health issues, rural and underserved populations, system agility, providing access to care beyond hospital/clinic walls, and advocating for health and well-being.

Two workshops on adaptable environments and technology were also conducted to discuss ways the healthcare industry must realign thinking to consider the future of medicine and care, including unconventional ambulatory models and highly sophisticated facilities.

The report can be found here‎.