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Sep. 13, 2018 10:00 am

This company thinks the ‘hospital room of the future’ is prefab, modular and ‘smart’

EIR Healthcare unveiled the first prototype of its modular hospital room Thursday. Will hospitals buy it?
The prefab patient room is the first prototype from EIR Healthcare.

The prefab patient room is the first prototype from EIR Healthcare.

(Courtesy photo)

Inside a Delaware County warehouse turned showroom, Philly-based EIR Healthcare today unveiled the first prototype of its first product: a prefabricated, modular hospital room under the brand MedModular.

The pitch behind the product is simple: Hospitals can save construction costs by ordering the company’s 90-percent-complete, customizable hospital rooms. Patients, in turn, enjoy the perks of pre-wired smart technology, like monitoring devices to prevent falls, a smart TV that educates them on their conditions and specially designed surfaces that reduce the risk of infections.

“With the completion of our first prototype, we’ve proven that a modular and smart hospital room is possible – and given its benefits to both the hospital management and patients it should be the only option worth considering when building new hospital construction from this point forward,” said Grant Geiger, founder and CEO of EIR Healthcare.

EIR Healthcare pitches modular design as the tool to help hospitals be a plug-and-play environment, in which patient rooms adapt more nimbly to the trends in healthcare.

“Imagine a pit crew changing parts and tires of a race car when it starts to rain,” the company says on its website.

The company has a staff of six split between a New York City WeWork and Philadelphia.

Finnish construction company Admares is the manufacturing partner for MedModular. You might have heard of Admares as the crafter of this really chill floating villa in Dubai, but this marks the company’s first entry to the healthcare realm.

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Here’s a quick look at what the prototype room looks like:

Bathrooms in the MedModular room.

Bathrooms in the MedModular room have lots of grab bars. (Courtesy photo)

A room with a skylight

Patients can operate a rooftop window from their bed. (Courtesy photo)

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