What is Reimagining?
Reimagining is defined by creating a compelling moment of innovation. The workshops provide a platform for unleashing the power of individuals within teams: clinicians, designers, and other professionals convene in small groups, practice human-centered design, and rethink healthcare facilities. In this process, a strong community to move those ideas forward (i.e. an ongoing innovation platform) is formed. Our purpose is to change the way healthcare is delivered through simple, systematic change. We propose updates to healthcare design guidelines and help push innovative ideas forward, one workshop at a time. Reimagine the world with us.
Reimagining Volunteers are undergraduates, who chose to spend the summer with Sextant, working on the workshops and various projects. They even created this website!
Reimagining Workshops follow the human-centered design process. Participants develop solutions to challenges based in one particular hospital space, such as the OR, and they propose updates to the FGI Guidelines.
Reimagining Workshops+ are more unique and topical rather than focused on one hospital space. The first Reimagining Workshop+ was Reimagining Racial Justice in Healthcare.
Key Workshop Features
At the workshop, participants work with a small team of 5 to 10 people optimized for collaboration. We have well-designed activities to keep everyone engaged, contributing, and learning from each other.
PLATFORM FOR INNOVATION
We use human-centered design and process improvement techniques within these small groups. Participants are challenged throughout the process, but quickly learn that the group will provide excellent support.
FOCUSED ON IMPACT
Reimagining workshops are designed so that participants can both imagine a better future and make real changes in the present. Participants use the deep learning and insights gleaned in the workshops and consider the relevant application to the FGI Guidelines. Potential changes to the Guidelines are identified and submitted for review. Since the Guidelines impact the design of healthcare spaces, workshop participants are afforded the opportunity to influence future innovations in healthcare while also impacting requirements for the design of healthcare spaces.
The workshops attract leading clinicians and healthcare designers who are challenging status quo and inspiring others to participate in creating a better future. Most recently, Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s Ariadne Labs, participated in the “Reimagining Childbirth Facilities” workshop. He’s listed among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “40 smartest people in health care,” and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and several other media outlets.
Based on information gathered from the interviews, the team identifies specific problems or challenges to be solved.
The design team produces scaled-down, low-fidelity models of the solutions or product being proposed to explore them in further depth.
Through empathy interviews with clinicians and community members, the team gets to understand the issue from the context of people’s lived experiences.
With diagrams and post-it notes, the team brainstorms ideas and solutions that addresses the need or challenge previously defined.
The team presents the prototype to gather feedback from people who might use it and decide whether it helps solve the problem.
MEET YOUR TEAM
Find your assigned group of enthusiastic architects, engineers, doctors, nurses, and administrators, ready to make a change, and play fun ice-breaker games to start off the day with a hit.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Your impact will be felt.
REIMAGINING CHILDBIRTH FACILITIES
At the workshop, clinicians representing various regions and facility types focused on identifying key design issues that may impede delivery of care in obstetric settings. In small groups, the attendees discussed desired birthing process outcomes, considered clinician challenges, and evaluated improvements to both design and process that have the potential to reduce negative patient outcomes and points of pain for staff. Each table prototyped solutions and presented their ideas to the full workshop. Each small group then reviewed the hospital and outpatient Guidelines for Design and Construction documents for opportunities to improve, clarify, and elaborate on design guidance for childbirth facilities.
"Having clinicians and designers, architects, and planners all in the same room rapidly accelerates the problem solving and solution design process."
Benjamin Bassin, MD, Director of Clinical Operations, Emergency Critical Care Center (EC3); Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Hospital and Health System
Sextant was founded in 2014 to create and implement sustainable development projects that connect engineering and innovation where it’s critically needed – healthcare settings in the developing world.
Originally, the Reimagining Workshops were hosted by the Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI), and they were eventually absorbed by Sextant. In keeping with the original goals of the nonprofit, the workshops facilitate improvements in healthcare by supporting its research and development goals through the curation of new and innovative ideas to meet the changing needs of the healthcare industry.