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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

Highlights of the collaborative work between the Center for Health Facilities Design & Testing and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Publications - Hot off the Press

Satish, U., Joseph, A., & Nanavati, K. (2022, March). Frontline workers are burnt out. Studies show environment can help. Healthcare Design Magazine, 22(2): 26-27.

Jafarifiroozabadi, R., Joshi, R., Joseph, A., & Wingler, D. (2021, December). Perceived usability of seating in an outpatient waiting area: A combined approach utilizing virtual reality and actual seating prototypes. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F19375867211062268

Taaffe, K., Joseph, A., Khoshkenar, A., Machry, H., Allison, D., Reeves, S.T; RIPCHD.OR Study Group. (2021, December). Proactive evaluation of an operating room prototype: A simulation-based modeling approach. Journal of Patient Safety, 17(8):e1833-e1839. PMID: 32175960 https://doi.org/10.1097/PTS.0000000000000693

Mihandoust, S., Joseph, A., Chalil Madathil, K., Rogers, H., Jafarifiroozabadi, R., Ahmadshahi, S., Holmstedt, C., & McElligott, J. (2021, November). Comparing sources of disruptions to telemedicine-enabled stroke care in an ambulance. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1177/19375867211054759

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