Hospitals are healthcare organizations built, staffed, and equipped to diagnose and treat diseases. Hospitals are responsible for delivering high-quality healthcare services to the patients, placing people in the center. There are different types of hospitals available to treat patients, including acute care hospitals, rural hospitals, emergency hospitals, urban hospitals, community hospitals, long-term care hospitals, etc. A community hospital or community healthcare system is a small local hospital that offers a range of services within a community.
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The Health System of the Future will be an integrator of the overall healthcare needs of the communities it serves. In order to avoid being marginalized by disruptive competitors, providers need to tackle the difficult issues of truly acting like a system. This means having clear strategies around physician relationships, managing risk for assigned populations, providing a customer-friendly digital platform for care, partnering to ensure a full suite of services, and contributing to the well-being of the communities they serve. Health systems need to simultaneously evolve clinical and financing models to thrive in this new world.
American hospitals are old. Much of today’s hospital stock was initially built in the decades following World War II. Nearly 7,000 health care facilities — including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, …
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