Health Design Innovations Lab

Photo of Mardelle Shepley lecturing students in a library

Health Design Innovations Lab (HDIL) is a multidisciplinary community of faculty, students, practitioners, and community members committed to cutting-edge research on healthcare environments. HDIL is part of the Design and Environmental Analysis Department in the College of Human Ecology and is affiliated with CIHF. HDIL members engage in applied research collaborating with industry and community members in national and international projects. Their research projects focus on approaches to the planning, design and management of settings that promote human health and well-being.

2017 Designing End of Life Care Settings to Enhance Quality of Life

The report, Designing End-of-Life Care Settings to Enhance Quality of Life, is the result of research by many researchers at Cornell University, and presents straightforward design guidance for settings in which end-of-life care is delivered. It focuses on accommodating the unique and unfamiliar changes experienced during the end-of-life journey, and the research reflected here examined four primary design elements of the built environment that profoundly influence end-of-life care settings. The material in the document can be used to inform conversations among designers, users, and stakeholders to support creation of custom design solutions that support residents, families, and caregivers.
The report can be seen here.

Innovation 2017

Innovation 2017, the Spring 2017 HDIL project report, is the outcome of an evidence-based design (EBD) project undertaken by a multidisciplinary hands-on class about healthcare design in the department of Design and Environmental Analysis (DEA). This course DEA 6550, Innovations in Healthcare Research and Design, worked closely with Cayuga Medical Center to create innovative design concepts that would apply to a new palliative care unit. Students, along with Professor Rana Zadeh, conducted a site visit at Cayuga Medical Center to meet with key stakeholders and understand their goals and objectives for this future palliative care unit. Students were placed into multidisciplinary teams where each team established their own objectives and strategies for this palliative care room. Each team, guided by their own personal vision, established goals. These goals outlined specific opportunities for Cayuga Medical Center, and ranged from improving the patient experience to lowering the overall cost of care.

Past Projects

Some of the past projects HDIL has completed include:

  • Value-based Decision Making about Design
  • Non-pharmacological Solutions to Enhance Quality of Life for Aging and End of Life
  • Optimization of Workplace Design to Improve Safety and Efficiency
  • Design Innovation
  • Patient Health Outcomes
  • Sustainability in Healthcare Design

For more information about HDIL and their research and recommended courses at Cornell University, see their website.