Imagining Medical Facilities of the Future Through Digital Twins

Tuesday, April 18 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
South Building, Level 1 | S102

Identifying a need to improve on pre-construction processes, the VA Office of Construction and Facilities Management (CFM) and the VHA Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning established a partnership and created Simulation-based Healthcare Design Testing (SbHDT). To expand upon innovation in healthcare facility design, the VA engaged with Booz Allen Hamilton to configure a proof of concept to show the capabilities of a Digital Twin in building hospitals of the future. A Digital Twin enables the VA to enhance best practices for the design and development of facilities and standards by optimizing layouts, digitizing scenario simulation, and fostering collaboration and feedback on designs during each stage of the standards and design process. This results in fewer downstream change orders, scope creep, and decreasing budget overrun by allowing clinical subject matter participants that includes doctors, nurses, and administrators to provide input on designs prior to construction; and expand the lifespan of facilities.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how generative design and digital twins are applied across the construction lifecycle and the importance of employing human-centered design to drive advocacy and adoption of digital twins
  • Describe the value of generative design as it relates to design and standards development process to decrease downstream change orders, scope creep, and budget overrun
  • Utilize simulation and AI-powered avatars to emulate movements and activities within a design to highlight inefficiencies and safety concerns to enable data-driven decision making
  • Design Digital Twin scenarios to identify and mitigate safety threats, improve workflow efficiency, and improve patient experience
CEO/COO, Clinical Technologist, Physician or Physician’s Assistant


Devin Harrison
Simulation Based Healthcare Design Testing (SbHDT) Program Lead
Department of Veterans Affairs
Kavin Sanghavi
Product Manager, Digital Twin
Booz Allen Hamilton