Welcome to the clinic of the future. At least that’s how Dr. David Stark refers to Lab100, which sits in New York City’s Upper East Side.
Stark is the director and creator of Lab100, a joint effort between Mount Sinai’s research institute and Cactus design studio which serves as a hybrid clinic and research lab.
Lab100 gives patients a comprehensive health risk assessment and biometric screening. The goal is to empower patients to track their health over time and to learn how their behavior and lifestyle are impacting their health in a very tangible way.
“This comes from the notion that health is more than just the absence of disease, it’s a whole continuum,” Stark told Business Insider. Prevention and health upkeep is just as important as diagnosing, screening and treating disease.
But an elevated physical check-up is just one product to come out of this design experiment.
“Lab100 today, this location that you’re in right now, this is still a prototype,” said Stark. Beyond the functions of being a clinic and a data collection point for research, Stark sees Lab100 as this live-care environment that can be used to drive new product development — new diagnostics, new therapeutics, new tools for measuring health, and ultimately, new care models and new services and ways of practicing healthcare.
Business Insider took a tour of Mount Sinai’s Lab100, dubbed by its creators as the “clinic of the future.” Here’s what you can expect if you schedule a visit.
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“In order for Lab100 to work, we had to put the patient at the center of the design process,” said Noah Waxman, the founder of Cactus, a design studio which helped create the Lab100 space.
Waxman and the design team spent a lot of time building complex technology that can make a typically tedious doctor’s appointment more appealing for patients.
They also designed the space with the physician in mind. By creating better technology for data collection and data entry, which are usually manual and time-consuming, physicians can get back to having more face-to-face interactions with patients.
Lab100 went from concept to launch over a 10 month period. It has been in private beta, or internal testing mode since October 2017.
Despite the heavy use of technology to run the clinic, the design team made sure to incorporate it in an elegant and seamless way.
The stations currently in the clinic are permeable to change.
“By definition, no one knows what the future of healthcare is, and neither do we. We made our best initial guess, recognizing that we’re going to change based on the data we collect,” said Stark. “It may turn out that we jettison some of these stations and put in additional stations.”
The entire clinic is built like a stage set, explained Waxman. The panels are built on a easily-reconfigurable grid system so that machines and technology can be taken out …read more
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