What does modern design and planning entail?
Frenz: It takes mutual understanding because structural changes involve planners and architects plus the hospital employees. Only then can design and planning result in optimal solutions that ultimately benefit everyone. Visualization is very advantageous in this setting. We use modern technologies, such as 3D planning software and VR tools, to visualize design in complex projects. Hospitals need solutions that create real added value. That is why the design and planning process should intentionally include the concerns of those who work in complex, difficult environments: namely the hospital care team. It requires continuous dialog to build the hospital of the future. In hospital planning committees, we see ourselves not only as a technology provider but also as an enabler.
How important is sustainability in this setting?
Frenz: Needless to say, our solutions must comply with all legal and regulatory requirements. Our clients also expect long service lives and low life cycle costs from our products, which is why we design solutions and products that are long-lasting and save energy and resources. And taking the environmental protection commitment one step further, we also aim to support our clients with reliable and accurate information, smart products, and digital solutions in their effort to continuously reduce their own carbon footprint. We currently focus on an eco-conscious approach to anesthesia. This includes the efficient use of anesthetic gases, the choice of eco-friendly medical consumables, the recycling of equipment and reuse of soda lime, and the efficient design of medical gas management systems.
Added to this are several social and economic dimensions: patients with increasing rates of multimorbidity add more complexity to medical care, while there is an ongoing shortage of healthcare staff and qualified specialists. We want to reduce the physical and psychological impact on medical staff in critical care settings by automating routine work and therapy processes, and by providing support in clinical decisions. A thoughtful design can promote occupational safety and provide health protection.