The economic challenges of the past decade have placed hospitals under unrelenting pressures to reduce costs while maintaining quality. With most of the stray dollars already found, any further cost cutting initiatives will likely bring with them the danger of compromised quality of care.
What healthcare organizations need to successfully respond to these challenges are new tools and new thinking with which they can maintain or increase their clinical quality and efficiencies. And more than ever before, physicians are the key. The next stage of improvement must be a collaborative effort among physicians, clinical staff members and executives, working together to develop innovative ways to improve patient care.