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Uniting Clinicians and Designers to Push Beyond Fundamental Requirements

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Walt Vernon, PE, LEED® AP, EDAC

Principal, Chief Executive Officer
8/08/17

As you may have heard, the FGI is evolving its work.

Historically, we (as I’m an FGI Board member) have focused on developing the best set of evidence-advised, forward-looking set of Fundamental Requirements possible. We have found, though, that what many people want is not just what is Fundamental, but what is BETTER, or Beyond Fundamental. 

Moreover, our Fundamentals involve a fixed cycle with a determined timeline. That timeline makes it difficult, sometimes, to more fluidly deal with new ideas that don’t fit into that timeline. And, we are represented, on the committee, by only one or two clinical professionals from each clinical pathway.

We are determined to do better.

Towards this, we are launching a program to bring together clinicians from around the country, to work with teams of designers to identify opportunities for improved outcomes at the nexus of health delivery, patient experience, and infrastructure. The first event, September 18, will focus on the Emergency Department–“Reimagining the ED” Design Workshop.

In each workshop, teams of clinicians and designers will, in a structured way, define clinical processes and identify points where infrastructure (at the scale of device, room, department, or department in relation to the whole) can be removed or changed to allow better outcomes. Each workshop will focus on a different, specific clinical pathway, so no two will ever be the same. 

Our kick-off workshop will be held in conjunction with the Healthcare Symposium on September 18 in Austin Texas. We will be focused on the Emergency Department, in all its incarnations. We have already scheduled 25 clinicians from around the country, as well as members of the FGI/HGRC to participate. 

Those of you who participate will: 

  • Have the opportunity to work with and learn from clinicians from across the country and emergency departments of all varieties.
  • Have the opportunity to work with and learn from the best and brightest design professionals from around the country – a rare opportunity to collaborate rather than compete.
  • Get your name listed as an author for the White Paper that FGI will publish with the outcomes. 
  • Be able to shape the future of healthcare through the FGI and its work.

We are very excited about this new pathway, and we hope you will join us. Together, we will make healthcare great again!

Keep in mind, space is limited to the first 100 designers. Click here to register and reserve your spot. 


Walt Vernon, PE, LEED® AP, EDAC

Principal, Chief Executive Officer

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