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For Hospitals, The Future is The Network

by Jonathan Bush, President & CEO

It’s National Hospital Week, where the industry takes an opportunity to recognize the care being delivered across our nation’s health care institutions, from the smallest community hospitals to the largest academic medical centers.  Hospitals make enormous contributions to our communities, but their needs are changing—and so are ours as patients.  One need look no farther than the beds that routinely go empty in today’s hospitals to see that consumption patterns are changing.  Patient care is steadily streaming outside the walls of hospitals into new settings.  While this is a threat for the hospital of yesterday, it’s an opportunity for the hospital of the future.

I recently shared some thoughts on the matter with Becker’s Hospital Review:

The vast majority of hospitals need to redefine themselves from organizations that deliver care to organizations that orchestrate care. Even though hospitals are one of the core lines of lifeblood in healthcare, the way in which the majority of them operate aren’t appealing to patients today, nor is it sustainable to hospitals’ future existence.

Don’t misunderstand — hospitals are the places where we see medical breakthroughs; where we find we are stronger, braver and more powerful than we think. In short, they are the places where humanity often shines at its brightest. However, our system is so broken that it’s turned this instrument of health and humanity into a walled citadel. To better serve the patients who are seemingly already going elsewhere, hospitals need to become a leading orchestrator of the very best care on behalf of patients.

To read the full article, click here

This article was re-posted with permission by Becker Hospital Review

Jonathan Bush is the President and CEO of athenahealth.

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