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The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing is one of the 55 South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence (SC CoEE) for a multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems in the health and design fields. The Health Facilities Design and Testing Center is using interdisciplinary design research to improve health care environments through better architecture and building design. Research at this Center focuses on two main areas: how the design of health care facilities affects the delivery of health care and how to create architectural settings that better serve the health and well-being of patients and staff. Researchers at this Center study the relationship between the physical healthcare environment and clinical outcomes; population health outcomes; patient, family and staff satisfaction; operational efficiency; and the ability to accommodate change. The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing supports two endowed chairs – the endowed chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research at Clemson University and the Endowed Chair in Healthcare Human Factors Research and Practice at the Medical University of South Carolina.

As the SmartState Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research, Dr. Anjali Joseph serves as the Director for the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing.

Current News + Events

Current News + Events

Kick-Off of “Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-centered Design for Pediatric mental and behavioral health in the Emergency Department (RIPCHD.PED)” Project.

The Center for Health Facilities Design & Testing (CHFDT) is kicking-off a large multidisciplinary multiyear project entitled, “Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-centered Design for Pediatric mental and behavioral health in the Emergency Department” (RIPCHD.PED). The purpose of this Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded patient safety learning lab is to develop pediatric care environments in the ED that promote safe, efficient and effective care by minimizing unnecessary stressors for patients while also improving provider well-being. This project includes a focus on the needs of children and their caregivers from minority communities in order to address disparities in mental and behavioral health (MBH) care in the emergency department (ED). Collaborating institutions include Clemson University (CAAH, Industrial Engineering and College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences), Prisma Health, and the University of South Carolina.

Indiana University Health Design Project

The Center for Health Facilities Design & Testing (CHFDT) is working with Indiana University Health (IU Health) on a large project to design and test new exam rooms, patient rooms, and operating rooms. The project seeks to design rooms for IU Health that better meet the needs of and improve safety for both patients and staff. IU Health is the largest network of physicians in the state of Indiana, offering a unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the nation’s leading medical schools.

Investigating the Use of Exoskeletons for Reducing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Surgical Care Tasks

The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT) is working on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded project with the Department of Industrial Engineering entitled, “Investigating the Use of Exoskeletons for Reducing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Surgical Care Tasks.” The goal of the project is to determine the best exoskeleton to use for specific jobs in the operating room to reduce staff injuries.

Adapting to the Future of Robotic Surgery: Understanding Training and Design Environments for Human-Robot Teams

The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT) is working on a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant with the Department of Industrial Engineering entitled, “Adapting to the Future of Robotic Surgery: Understanding Training and Design Environments for Human-Robot Teams.” The major goals of this NSF funded project include developing a framework for designing work and workplaces to support the future of robotic surgery.

Publications - Hot off the Press

Taaffe, K., Ferrand, Y.B., Khoshkenar, A., Fredendall, L., San, D., Rosopa, P., & Joseph, A. (2022, December). Operating room design using agent-based simulation to reduce room obstructions. Health Care Management Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10729-022-09622-3

Goel, S., Joseph, A., Neyens, D. M., Catchpole, K., Alfred, M., Jaruzel, C., Tobin, C., Aberathy, J. H., Heinke, T., & Haney, J. (2022). A user-centered approach to designing secondary anesthesia medication labels. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 66(1), 2127–2131. https://doi-org.libproxy.clemson.edu/10.1177/1071181322661100

Joshi, R., Ossmann, M., & Joseph, A. (2022). Measuring potential visual exposure of physicians during shift-end handoffs and its impact on interruptions, privacy, and collaboration. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/19375867221131934

Jafarifiroozabadi, R., Woo, M., Joseph, A., MacNaughton, P., & Mihandoust, S. (2022). The effects of window blind positions and control on patients’ hospital and care quality perception: A mediation and moderation analysis. Building and Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2022.109672

Lusk, C. et al. (2022). Improving safety in the operating room: Medication icon labels increase visibility and discrimination. Applied Egonomics. 104:103831 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2022.103831



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