Webinar: Pre/Post areas of Ambulatory Surgery: A human-centered approach to design

When:  Jul 9, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)

Pre/Post areas of Ambulatory Surgery: A human-centered approach to design

Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 2–3pm ET


The healthcare design process often involves choosing between various design alternatives to support the needs of multiple stakeholders, including patients, their care partners and clinicians. To proactively address potential safety & quality concerns during the design process, it is crucial to understand how proposed design options may support the integration of new technologies, organizational processes, and users’ tasks into the built environment. A multi-year research project, focused on designing preoperative & postoperative workspaces in ambulatory surgical environments, included in-depth case studies, the development of a macro-ergonomic assessment, and a virtual reality (VR) research study evaluating three distinct preoperative room designs to determine which room best supports nursing work performance. This presentation will cover key findings from this process, including how to leverage VR to objectively evaluate user interactions with the environment. This session will also preview how findings from this multi-year project have been utilized to design a physical mock-up of a preoperative/postoperative room that will be used to test nurse work performance through further simulations.

Learning objectives

After participating in this webinar attendees will be equipped to:

  1. Understand how to implement a human-centered approach to support the design of safer more ergonomic preoperative and postoperative workspaces.
  2. Learn how to leverage VR simulation evaluations to identify potential safety and quality concerns during the design process.
  3. Learn how to use scenario-based simulations in VR to objectively evaluate user interactions with the environment.
  4. Explore how to engage clinical stakeholders in the design process.


Ideal audience

This session is part of the Health Care 101 series by the Academy of Architecture for Health. The web-based 60-minute seminars are tailored to provide budding healthcare professionals with conceptual and practical primer-level knowledge.

Education level



Rita Ho

Rita Ho, LEED AP

Rita has over 20 years of experience in the field of architecture and close to 15 years in healthcare projects in U.S. & Asia. Rita is currently co-chair of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Webinar Committee.


Anjali Joseph

Anjali Joseph, PhD, EDAC

Dr. Joseph is the Spartanburg Regional Health System Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University. Dr. Anjali Joseph’s research focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to improving patient safety and quality in high stress healthcare settings through the development of tools and built environment solutions. She currently leads a multidisciplinary Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded project to develop a learning lab focused on improving patient safety in the operating room. Anjali’s work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. She has spoken widely to national and international audiences.

Deborah Wingler

Deborah Wingler, PhD, MSD-HHE, EDAC

Dr. Wingler is a Research Assistant Professor with the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University and the President of Healing Design Integration, LLC. Dr. Deborah Wingler’s research focuses on improving the patient and staff experience within the ambulatory care environment through research studies that utilize real-time data collection techniques to elicit insight into patient and staff physiological, psychological and neural responses to high stress healthcare environments. Her research interests also include bringing high-quality care to vulnerable populations and medically underserved communities within the United States and internationally.


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