In its new conceptual design competition, Breaking Through, Healthcare Design challenged industry members to forget the usual rules and restrictions of healthcare design to answer the challenges they anticipate for the future of healthcare delivery. Unencumbered by codes, budgets, schedules, and so on, 43 teams ultimately submitted innovative design concepts.

In the end, an elite jury of industry professionals selected two of those concepts to move on to the next stage of the competition.

Those finalists are:

Project: Hello Care: Personalized Healthcare, Same-day Delivery
Excerpt: What if you could order your autonomous personalized healing environment online and have it delivered wherever you want—to your home, the woods, or a wellness community? Your modular healthcare space could support diagnostic and interventional procedures, sub-acute or transitional care, and wellness support. Through telehealth and robotics, you could receive all but the most intensive care in a place that’s comfortable for you, where family, friends, and community are available for support.

Team: HDR
Project: MASH: Mobile Acute Services Hospital
Excerpt: The advances in medical knowledge, technologies, procedures, and treatments together with the increasing focus on wellness and preemptive care will be moving towards making the urban or metropolitan healthcare facility almost redundant. The single constant regardless of any advance in technologies, will, however, be disasters and catastrophic events. Our focus will be on the development of a future healthcare facility capable of responding to these events.

The two finalist teams will present these concepts live in a general session at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Phoenix. Session attendees will then choose the concept they found most innovative via a live polling app—and the winner will receive $10,000 on stage at the show.

Coverage of the winner and runner-up will appear in the December issue of Healthcare Design magazine, with details on all of the conceptual designs submitted appearing online at in December.