Healthcare Innovations

Posted by on Dec 16, 2022 in Behind the Design
Healthcare Innovations

As technology becomes a bigger part of our world and daily life, new healthcare innovations are created to incorporate technology. A hospital in Santa Clara California is the first to put this thought into a reality. It’s the chance for people to experience things that they wouldn’t already be able to do. Read more below to understand just how this is possible or click here to read the original article.

Why Healthcare Innovations?

Due to the pandemic, many people needed to find different ways to approach things. For healthcare and students, this was no different. Virtual reality helped in this endeavor by providing people a way to get the information that they needed without having to leave the safety of their homes.

In the VR game engine, students created their own virtual environment that enhances relaxation. They also built sensors that detect heart rate, which is then used as an interactive part of the game. In the final design, the user walks into a peaceful virtual cave with calming, colorful crystals, and glow worms hanging from the top to replicate the soothing effects of bioluminescence. (Source)

Upping the Game

Saint Francis has continued this and taken it to a new level. Now people can use this system to walk themselves through calming techniques while watching their heart rate drop back to a normal level.

Saint Francis has also recently started a third project, a design challenge inspired by dementia care innovation supported by Maude’s Ventures in the lab. Four student teams developed prototypes to address a key need in dementia care over a 10-week period. (Source)

Effecting Healthcare Design

Designing healthcare facilities is an important part of the company’s success. With this new technology taking place the question now posed is how Is this going to affect the design of healthcare facilities? The simple answer is that you will have to increase the technology used in the designs of new buildings. Using the latest models of technology in the design or updating the older technology helps healthcare providers to ensure that they can incorporate and use programs like the ones being designed by these students.

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Marie Wikoff is the creator of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, Nevada. Her expertise in healthcare design has helped modernize healthcare organizations locally, regionally, and internationally, improving patient experience and outcomes. Her credentials include Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID), the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and LEED AP. Contact Marie Wikoff

Source: University, Santa Clara. “Scaling the Impact of Santa Clara’s Healthcare Innovation and Design Program.” News & Events – Santa Clara University, 6 Dec. 2022,

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