Magazine Article | November 10, 2011

Partnership And Prioritization Are Key For Community Hospitals

Source: Health IT Outcomes

By Vicki Amendola, Editor, Health IT Outcomes

If there is one clear message I’ve heard while connecting with the community hospitals in this special edition of Health IT Outcomes, it’s that healthcare IT initiatives are alive and well in the community hospital provider segment. As you might expect, IT initiatives in smaller facilities are being driven by the same factors cited by the largest hospitals and health systems across the country — improving patient care, driving efficiency, and maximizing reimbursement. In fact, take this one step further and you will realize that these smaller facilities have no other choice but to pursue modern IT initiatives if they expect to remain competitive and viable in today’s healthcare marketplace, where patients are very much being viewed as consumers.