Data isn’t just guiding decisions about where
New York-area healthcare systems are investing in new
facilities—it’s reshaping the nature of those facilities. This
was one of the takeaways from the 4th Annual New York Hospital,
Outpatient Facilities & Medical Office Buildings Summit. The
event, co-hosted by the Health Care Institute and organized by
SquareFootage.net, took place
Daniel Barchi, senior vice
president and chief information officer at New
York-Presbyterian, noted that data is at the heart of the
hospital’s future, but that it’s aiming to limit the in-house
computing. While the hospital has two primary data centers in
New Jersey, Barchi explained that increasingly more data is
going to the cloud. “I really don’t want to be in the data
center business,” he during his presentation on how EHR, Big
Data, IoT and new medical technologies are reshaping healthcare
Much of that data is being used to support a
push is into telemedicine. “We’re more and more keeping people
out of the hospital. We would prefer that people not even come,”
Barchi said. New York-Presbyterian had 10,000 telemedicine
visits this year, and has set its goal for next year at 100,000
visits. Ultimately, it aims to have 15 percent of all hospital
visits conducted via telemedicine.
is also driving new successes within the facility, such as
helping reduce false positives and predicting major episodes for
patients with diabetes and heart conditions. By monitoring
patients and uploading data, providers can better predict
problems before they happen.
session entitled “Your Health is in the Walls” pointed to a
unique way in which technology is helping healthcare facilities
interact in a new way with patients. Speakers from Steelcase
Health and Microsoft described by way of an example a recent
change at Palmetto Health. The system has 1,835 beds in eight
hospitals, and more than 1,000 physicians handling over a
million patient visits a year. To improve employee productivity,
the system found a solution to reduce the time required to login
at workstations and gain access to full EMR apps. Palmetto
equipped physicians with Surface 3-in-1 devices so employees
could have easy access to a tablet, laptop, and desktop
experience with productivity-boosting implements including pen,
voice, touch, keyboard, and mouse.
So what does the data say about NY healthcare
real estate at large? The experts see off-campus development
accelerating, with continued strong transaction volume and a
strong construction pipeline. Vicki Match Suna, Vice Dean & SVP,
Real Estate Development & Facilities, NYU Langone Medical
Center, says they are creating certain facilities with
specialties, such as women’s, men’s and cancer centers, but then
creating ambulatory centers that are multidisciplinary.
Suna also noted she is always looking for
space. The top things she is looking for with space include:
- Space they can own. If they can’t own,
they prefer long-term leasing.
- Ability to finance their own
- Proper due diligence on infrastructure.
- Facilities that work with their brand.
On the other hand, Thomas Ahn, vice
president, Real Estate Division, Mount Sinai Health, says
they only want to own and invest in land if it’s on their
campus. They do not want to invest their capital in
ambulatory facilities, but Ahn added that he works hard to
find the right landlord. “A long-term lease is kind of like
a marriage. We will walk away from a building if the
landlord is not good,” Ahn said.
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