Cancer Centers are on the increase. Last year construction was up 10% and this year construction is tracking at 11%. When we look at the break down, the heaviest concentration is found in renovations at 53%, with 30% new construction, and replacements tracking at 17%. Bottom line, if you are not looking at solutions for this sector you are missing out.
If you dig deeper into the various areas that make up the Cancer Center, there is one area that is growing at a rapid rate and that is the Hematology and Oncology Infusion Therapy (HOIT) area . The infusion center has applications far beyond cancer treatment. Infusion Centers provide intravenous infusions including chemotherapy, intravenous hydration, antibiotic treatment infusions, blood transfusions, and many other IV delivered treatments. Infusion centers are not only located in the acute-care centers; in fact, the move is toward outpatient facilities and providing community-based “close to home” facilities. So applications created for the acute-care center infusion area are viable throughout the community and can achieve a very broad install base.
Whether inpatient or outpatient, the requirements are the same; provide the patient with a comforable, relaxing enviroment, with pleasant distractions to occupy their time. The environment must contain clearable surfaces, hospital grade finishes, and infection control must be foremost included in designs. Family-centered care extends to this enviroment also, so family areas are incorporated into the spaces. Does this all sound familar? It should, the requirements mirror those of the patient room. Suppliers with patient room solutions should be looking closely at transferring these solutions to the infusion environment. Of course, there are differences, but the requirements are very similar. The interesting part is the layout. The infusion chair is a “must have”, but the rest of the environment is still developing and is different at every center. Research is still being done, but the evidence points toward a “shared experience” design, where the patient can interact with other patients.
Infusion therapies continue to evolve, so this application is one that will continue to develop. There are very few providers who have application solutions specifically for the Infusion community. The provider with solutions developed and marketed towards this application will have an attentive audience.