Integrated health systems: promise and performance.

  title={Integrated health systems: promise and performance.},
  author={Douglas A. Conrad and Stephen M. Shortell},
  journal={Frontiers of health services management},
  volume={13 1},
  pages={3-40; discussion 57-8}
Today's ¿virtually¿ and vertically integrated health systems increasingly are much better positioned than the multihospital systems of the 1980s to respond to the healthcare challenges of the twenty-first century. The authors argue that the control of the health services ¿value chain¿ will devolve naturally to those market players who have the comparative advantage in coordinating the flows of information, human, and physical resources along the continuum of services required to improve and… CONTINUE READING

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