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We Design the Future of Healthcare

We Design the Future of Healthcare

The SimTigrate Design Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab using evidence-based design to improve the medical experience for patients and providers.

What We Do

We evaluate existing research, conduct our own research, test proposed solutions in simulated medical environments, and translate those solutions for broad applications. We develop tools, data sets, and evidence that influence building design, health information technology, and healthcare products.

Working with architects, engineers, medical personnel, and others, we help find ideas for spaces and environments that are easier to navigate, safer for providers, more comfortable for patients and more collaborative for providers.

Our current research is focused on Design for Mild Cognitive Impairment, Infection Prevention and Safety, Lighting in Healthcare Spaces, and Teamwork in Primary Care.

How We Do It

Researchers look at a floorplan on a laptop.

We use spatial analysis, various types of simulation, and field research to identify, analyze, and model current and proposed environments. We collaborate with other Georgia Tech divisions, other academic institutions, governmental organizations, and industry to examine how design impacts patient outcomes. Whether we are inside the lab or outside, using computers or full-scale models, it is all about creating better spaces for patients, families and medical personnel.

The core SimTigrate staff.

Who We Are

While the SimTigrate Design Lab team draws on many disciplines throughout Georgia Tech, we have a core team of faculty and graduate researchers. We are led by Director Craig Zimring, also a professor in the School of Architecture, and Associate Director Jennifer Dubose, a principal research associate. We also have a team of undergraduate and grad students who perform an integral role in our research.

Researchers study design alternatives for biocontainment units.

Researchers' Guidelines Could Keep COVID-19 Workers Safe

We produced guidelines that could help protect health care workers as they test and treat COVID-19 patients. The recommendations are contained in a white paper that looks at ways to design biocontainment units so health care workers don’t contaminate themselves when they remove their personal protective equipment (PPE). 


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