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Medical equipment planning requires much more than just equipment lists, specifications, and CAD room layouts. Successful healthcare design and construction projects involve the perfect combination of appropriate medical technology consistent with an organization’s strategic vision, technology trends, operational requirements, and patient and staff safety—all while maintaining project budgets. That complex recipe requires effective planning and timely guidance to address those needs.

Healthcare facilities that are designing new patient care areas to accommodate current and future technologies need guidance on budgeting and space constraints, unwieldy construction costs, and rapidly evolving devices and equipment. They are asking ECRI Institute for an optimal plan for design success. 

Hospitals are asking:

  • What should we expect when hiring a medical equipment planner?
  • What are some tools we can use to help ease the planning process?
  • How can we meet budget and time constraints when planning a patient care space?


 Our answers to the most popular questions asked from the webinar

​ECRI Institute web conference Q&A

Length: 3:49.




*This web conference is free for ECRI Institute Health Devices System™, Health Devices Gold™, and SELECTplus™ members. List price for archive recording and materials is $249.

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  • Michael Linehan, director, Medical Equipment Planning, ECRI Institute

  • Jeffrey O’Neill, AIA, ACHA, director of engineering services, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System


  • Erin Sparnon, MEng, Engineering Manager, Health Devices, ECRI Institute

You and your team will learn:

​Who should attend​:

  • ​The patient and staff safety considerations associated with medical equipment planning projects

  • What to expect when planning and designing patient care areas

  • The costs associated with a medical equipment planning project and operating room integration

  • What building information modeling (BIM) is and how it can promote better collaboration

  • Clinical engineering managers and directors

  • Clinical engineers

  • Biomedical equipment technicians

  • Health technology management teams

  • Risk managers

  • Facility managers

  • Other healthcare professionals

​A Web Conference Presented by ECRI Institute