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With so much going on in our industry — from changes and challenges to new ideas and new opportunities — there’s never a shortage of hot topics. At Petra, we are constantly innovating, adapting, and learning so we can stay on top of the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Here are 3 things we’re talking about right now, including USP 797 and 800 compliance and construction technology tools and trends:

  1. Gearing Up for USP 797 & 800 Compliance

The big question is: How can we best support hospitals and hospital-based pharmacies preparing to comply with USP 797 & 800 revisions? In fact, we’re already helping clients develop strategic plans, designs, budgets, and timelines to address new pharmaceutical facility requirements by the December 1, 2019 deadline. For many healthcare facilities, changes present challenges that are best handled by experts to ensure success while also keeping a tight focus on budgets and timelines.

Here’s the scoop: When the United States Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) — which sets standards for the identity, quality, strength, and purity of medicines — released revisions for standard USP 797 for preparing compounded sterile drugs, and USP 800 for the handling of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings, the revisions went beyond things like personnel and training to cover facility design, storage, and environmental quality and control, including such requirements as clean rooms. The result:

Pharmacies around the country — including those in hospital settings — are faced with figuring out how to comply. New pharmacies being built will need to adjust design plans to ensure compliance, while existing pharmacies will need to update and rethink current spaces and facility design. Compliance with the new revisions is required on December 1, 2019. Will you be ready?

  1. What’s New in Construction Technology

Staying current in today’s construction industry means keeping your finger on the pulse of technology and staying ahead of new developments that are changing the way we work and build — from drones and data to robotics and virtual reality. Construction Executive recently shared an informational look at some of our industry’s most exciting new technologies in an article titled “Ten Revolutionary Technologies in Construction.”

Here’s what got us excited:

  • BIM: Data is the key to real-time collaboration and project intelligence
  • Software: Implementation optimizes project management, estimating, and more
  • Robotics: On-site, robotics can accelerate task delivery time and complete repetitive or dangerous tasks
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality: VR and AR can impact safety, reduce or prevent errors, and increase precision
  • Drones: Benefits include mapping and reporting

It’s clear technology is impacting and innovating the entire construction process, from the planning and preconstruction phases well into engineering and construction. The options and opportunities are impressive! To read the full article, click on the link above.

  1. Future Trends in Construction Technology

Construction technology continues to be a hot topic for the industry and for the Petra team. Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. recently released an analysis of investment in the construction technology ecosystem and how the market will evolve in the next few years. Building Design & Construction shared a recap of the report titled “McKinsey Report Assesses Where Opportunities Could Lie in Construction Technology.”

According to the report, between 2013 and February 2018, cumulative investment in construction technology was $18 billion — that’s double the amount invested during the previous five years. Key trends expected to be transformational for the industry include: 3D printing, modularization, robotics, digital twin technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, and supply chain optimization and marketplaces. According to the McKinsey & Co. report: “As predictions come to life and new capabilities infiltrate the field, team, and office, the winners will be the ones that adapt — sooner rather than later.”

The race is on — and Petra aims to stay out in front. If you want to learn more, you can read the article or the full report by clicking on the links above.

Healthcare change and innovation are happening at a rapid pace, influencing the physical environments in which patients receive care. Only one firm has walked in your shoes and understands the unique challenges you face: Petra. Our Petra team of experts helps you ensure your next facility project meets tomorrow’s healthcare needs by aligning healthcare trends with strategic intent to deliver creative solutions that are financially feasible and will be sustainable for years to come. It’s all about creating better.

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