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This course outlines important problems facing the healthcare industry, citing them as reasons for enacting transformational change. The course teaches healthcare leaders and managers how to gather data related to improvement strategies and then implement corrective actions designed to improve outcomes and service delivery. A real-world course project challenges students to explore how and why such a transformation occurs by inviting them to identify and implement one transformational change in their own healthcare organization.

Healthcare professionals often approach management like a service provider might approach a patient: identify a symptom or problem, make a diagnosis or analysis, and recommend a treatment plan. This is suitable for short-term initiatives and projects but not for executing long-term strategies for sustainability or growth.

This course introduces students to strategic planning for healthcare organizations, encouraging modern business approaches. Participants learn to gauge their organization's readiness; how to develop strategies that align with their organization's core values; and how to involve both internal and external stakeholders in the planning process.

Participants will also learn how to collect and analyze data to identify areas in need of improvement. Strategic planning training is highly valued and essential at all levels of healthcare administration.

Strategic plans should align with an organization's overall mission and vision. They also require assessment and revision from time to time to ensure that they embody core values and meet projected goals. Building or revising a strategic plan requires the ability to manage debate and collaboration among peers, who often have conflicting agendas.

Learn how to gain the buy-in of important stakeholders and decision makers; explore how internal and external environments affect strategic plans; and develop the skills to evaluate and refine them based on changes to these environments. This course shows how to conduct a group retreat where a team can set organizational goals and construct a plan for achieving them.

Nearly every major regional healthcare facility in the United States is in the midst of or planning a capital improvement project. How can you be sure that such projects in your organization incorporate best practices and achieve their intended goals? The answer is to look at the evidence: what are the approaches that other healthcare facilities undertaking similar projects have used that have worked?

This course, the fourth in the six-course certificate program, Healthcare Facilities Design: Strategy & Innovation explores the use of Evidence-Based Design (EBD) to guide the planning, design and management of healthcare facilities and systems. After this course you will be a more intelligent and discerning consumers of research evidence and related information, and be more a productive participant in the planning and design process. You'll learn the key steps in the planning and design process with a focus on how the facility affects quality of care and the experience of patients and care-giving staff. Case studies illustrate design approaches that lend themselves to patient-centered care and that lead to greater operational efficiency and effectiveness. A course project provides students with the opportunity to apply what they're learning to the creation of an outline of a facility plan for their own organization.

When a healthcare organization is potentially committing millions of dollars to a capital improvement project, it's critical to ensure that the design conforms to best practices and is likely to achieve the intended results. It's equally important to be able to measure the effect of the new facility according to specific metrics to ensure those results are being achieved. But reviewing the published Evidence-Based Design (EBD) literature for every issue or design decision may not be the best use of your time.

The final course in the six-course certificate program "Healthcare Facilities Design: Strategy & Innovation," offers practical advice and guidance about how project participants can conduct their own research on a timeline and budget appropriate to a project schedule. It lays out a practical approach to conducting small-scale, relatively rapid empirical research studies targeting a specific project, in contrast to relying exclusively on the published EBD research literature.

This course is particularly relevant because most hospitals and healthcare facilities have a major design project underway, or are about to begin one. The various stakeholders in the planning and design process must understand evidence-based design and how they can conduct practice-based research that complements the published EBD research literature and provides insights and evidence for their own specific project.

The process of designing a healthcare facility has a special mission: to have a positive impact on its many users—including patients, families, visitors, nurses, physicians, and other clinical and non-clinical staff—while simultaneously fostering cost-effective operations. To achieve the best outcomes, it is important to involve a variety of stakeholders. An informed group can help to ensure a more efficient working process with architects and engineers, and can contribute to stronger, more broadly-based and more cost-effective decisions.

This course—the fifth in the six-course certificate program "Healthcare Facilities Design: Strategy & Innovation"—introduces the must-know concepts and related terminology of healthcare facility planning. The course touches on those aspects of capital improvement projects that a manager or stakeholder might encounter in a healthcare setting, including working from a budget to estimate potential sizing of facilities, estimating costs, and recognizing key features of architectural and engineering drawings. At the conclusion of the course, you will be a more intelligent consumer of information and a more effective participant in the healthcare facility planning and design process.