Up Close: Dan Polachek, AIA, CID

Dan Polachek, AIA, CID


What changes are driving the healthcare industry?

There are several factors impacting the healthcare industry today, including demographic forces and the need to care for an aging population. The Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age and they are living longer than past generations. This increased life expectancy places greater pressure on healthcare organizations to provide services for an aging population amid a developing shortage of healthcare workers. Healthcare organizations will need to attract qualified doctors, nurses and caregivers to care for this diverse population as volume shifts from inpatient to outpatient, with higher-acuity patients staying in hospitals.

Economic forces are prompting healthcare organizations to focus on cost-containment, preventive care and operational efficiency amid changing reimbursements under the Affordable Care Act, with greater emphasis on patient outcomes under the evolving Accountable Care Model. Yet an increasing population of uninsured and immigrant patients will c