Create a better patient experience at the best possible cost: This is the new mandate driving the evolution of hospital systems today (also called integrated delivery networks or IDNs). The acute-centric model of decades past is giving way to a new view of what a health system can be: an interconnected network of acute and non-acute sites that provides a consistent patient experience and outcome no matter where the patient is in the system. This new vision focuses not only on intervention, but also on prevention and wellness, guiding patients to the most appropriate site of care, at the right time—and right cost.

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