ISA Partner Sign Research Foundation Releases New Insights into Healthcare Wayfinding

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"Wayfinding Management: Models & Methods in Healthcare Environments” Explores Best Practices in Large Healthcare Institutions

A new report just released by the Sign Research Foundation, “Wayfinding Management: Models & Methods in Healthcare Environments,” offers protocols to make it as easy as possible for visitors to navigate massive and often overwhelming facilities.

The report looks at best practices in large healthcare institutions where visitors rely on signs and maps to guide them through these everchanging landscapes. Many of these best practices may be applied outside healthcare—to any complex facility that relies on efficiently navigating visitors. The research was authored by Leslie Wolke, founder of MapWell Studio.

Seven case studies dive into the people, processes and tools that large medical facilities in the U.S. have implemented to manage their wayfinding systems, from static signage to wayfinding apps. These case studies focus on operational and organizational systems and can help in establishing or improving wayfinding systems and operations.

“Wayfinding Management: Models & Methods in Healthcare Environments,” from the Sign Research Foundation, is available at

Research into science, technology, design, placement and regulation of signs is just one aspect of SRF’s work. It hosts the National Sign Research & Education Conference (NSREC) March 21st. The event is co-located with ISA Sign Expo 2018 in Orlando, Fla. Learn more at

About Sign Research Foundation

The Sign Research Foundation is the only research organization advancing the science, technology, design, placement and regulation of signs. A proven resource for education, research and philanthropy, our work contributes to more livable cities, thriving businesses and vibrant and effective sign strategies. We facilitate dialogue with architects, urban planners, developers and other constituencies to build stronger, safer and more successful communities. The Sign Research Foundation is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization and all donations may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Learn more at

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