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The Ambulatory Network of the Future

The concept of the ambulatory network of the future encapsulates our understanding of how healthcare systems can thrive in the coming healthcare environment. It is a strategic planning model that accounts for the deep trends now reshaping the healthcare industry.

What is the ambulatory network of the future? The disruptive trends described in this white paper are creating an environment where the acute care hospital is no longer the hub of the healthcare delivery system. In the years to come, the true center of healthcare delivery will be a coordinated network of ambulatory care points:

  • Primary care and specialty clinics
  • Surgery centers
  • Imaging centers and labs
  • Sports medicine and wellness facilities
  • Medical office buildings
  • Retail clinics
  • Urgent care centers and freestanding EDs
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities
  • In-home health agencies
  • Telehealth facilities
  • Other tech-enabled access points

Taken as a whole, the ambulatory network of the future will be designed to address the emerging needs of both patients and providers. It will reinvent the way healthcare is delivered, with the goal of achieving better outcomes and using resources more efficiently.

How to Apply This Model to Facility Development Planning

As healthcare leaders plan for the ambulatory network of the future, they will need to rethink the built environment. What is the optimal footprint for a population-focused care network? How will new technologies impact the form and function of the healthcare facility? How will the pace of change affect our current and future plans?

The answers to these questions call for unprecedented flexibility. Following are five ways healthcare leaders can use ambulatory network of the future principles to create an effective and adaptable development strategy.

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