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Design sprint arrives at solution to improve early project planning

Health Infrastructure and Australasian Health Infrastructure Alliance ran a design sprint at the NSW Health Prototyping Centre to rapidly protype and redesign the Room Data Sheet in the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines (AusHFG).
The AusHFG support health services and project teams across Australia and New Zealand with planning, design, procurement, and management of health capital assets. The Guidelines consists of around 230 Standard Components for common rooms and spaces in health facilities, each consisting of two documents –  Room Layout Sheet and Room Data Sheet
Led by an expert facilitator, the redesign challenge was to make the Room Data Sheet more purposeful, simple and easy to understand and help reduce the risk of errors in the early stages of capital projects. The Room Data Sheet details room function and requirements, finishes, fittings, furniture, equipment and services items.
Over the five-day sprint, a working prototype Room Data Sheet document was developed. This was tested with users including architects, engineers, health planners and project managers, with the feedback used to refine the document for further testing and finalisation.
“Using the design sprint process at the Health Prototype Centre enabled us to quickly define the problem and challenge and test solutions,” said Shalyce Corney, AusHFG Standard Components Lead, Health Infrastructure.

“At the end of the week we came away with a well-developed prototype and solid user feedback on how to improve the next iteration.”
Testing the prototype with users was extremely valuable to the redesign process, added Jenny Green, Program Director for Service and Facility Planning, Health Infrastructure.
“The user testing leveraged knowledge and experience from planning and design experts, which was extremely valuable to the process and created a better prototype outcome,” said Jenny.

To find out more about the design sprint and the solution, read the case study.

The NSW Health Prototyping Centre is a joint initiative between Health Infrastructure, eHealth NSW, HealthShare NSW and NSW Health Pathology, providing facilities for clinicians and system experts across NSW Health to rapidly test ideas, designs and concepts to support healthcare innovations, services, and solution improvements.
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