Independent hospitals and small health systems face a daunting challenge in developing their healthcare IT capabilities to meet the requirements of value-based care. But they must carefully weigh their options and proceed cautiously in meeting that challenge.
Health systems that lack the financial wherewithal to develop an electronic health record system on their own, and that are seeking an alternative strategy, should keep in mind five lessons learned by organizations that have faced a similar challenge:
> Review the full range of options.
> Be realistic; Acknowledge the importance of strong management.
> Adhere to a budget.
> Reach out to peers.
> Be wary of competitors’ offers to help.
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