Six trends set the course

Key trends

In order to meet the increased demand for healthcare, healthcare
systems have needed to develop new delivery models and improve the
quality and productivity of healthcare. For example, the focus on providing
quality healthcare at the most efficient care delivery level has resulted
in a significant shift from higher-cost inpatient to lower-cost outpatient
care. Healthcare providers must drive internal quality and productivity
improvements as well as ensuring that patients are treated at the right
level of care and manage a well-functioning cooperation between levels
of care. Greater specialization, new treatment methods, new medical
techniques, and the ability to treat patients at the right care delivery
level, can drive both higher quality outcomes and shorter lengths of stay.