Getting to the ‘Heart’ of Design for Integrated Cancer Care

A patient’s need for therapeutic, supportive, and human-centric environments is a constant. Can cancer centre design address that need while responding to rapid advances in treatment and research with an agile, and robust approach? This session will provide a holistic overview of how adaptable design, optimum clinical adjacencies, access to daylight and nature, and encouraging patient choice can create a resilient chassis for the evolution of cancer care. Presenters will share agile design strategies including standardisation of clinic modules, embedding translational research and knowledge transfer in support of precision oncology and experimental therapeutics, and design strategies for emerging technologies.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify design strategies to address the emotional needs of patients and care teams by providing wide-ranging links to nature and daylight, including at the vault levels.
2. Share feedback and insights from hospital administration and patients related to design and wellbeing and the importance of patient engagement and advocacy throughout the design and construction process.
3. Develop agile design strategies such as standardization and modularity related to departmental, clinic, room and assembly design.
4. Design for future change and flexibility and advancements in technology including imaging, automated guided vehicles, and robotic systems.