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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.

dean bassett, craig zimring, jennifer dubose

A Toast to Dr. Craig Zimring

We recently celebrated Dr. Craig Zimring, who transitioned to Emeritus Faculty this past fall, at the Healthcare Design of the Future Showcase. Colleagues and students, from around the world of Dr. Zimring, put together a thank you video.

a group of students and showcase attendees learning about student projects.

Healthcare Design of the Future Event

The Healthcare Design of the Future class displayed projects focused on improving the mental and behavioral health crisis experience for patients, families, and staff.

Click the link below to view all the projects and learn more.

2023 CEP Symposium

On February 17, 2023 Researchers, stakeholders, staff, members, care partners, and community members gathered at the Cognitive Empowerment Program for its annual Research Symposium.

Discussions revolved around the Center’s progress and future directions, and learning about the various research studies that were conducted in the previous year. Some of these projects investigated sleep quality and the impact it has on cognition, while others focused on how artificial intelligence can be a helpful tool used to facilitate completing common daily tasks such as activities in the kitchen.

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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