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Top 5 Considerations for an Affiliate Partnership

Collaborating and integrating electronic health record (EHR) systems between a host and an affiliate network carries several advantages. For the host, it can lower the overall budget of technology by spreading the burdens associated with large technology implementation and transferring some of those costs to affiliate hospitals and clinics. The affiliate hospitals and clinics gain the advantages of a single EHR system that can extend services to their patients through technology such as online patient portals, allowing their customers access to test results, appointment scheduling, and communication channels with clinicians.

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Mergers, acquisitions, and joint partnership agreements among hospitals have picked-up over the past few years, and for good reason. Organizations are looking for alternative partnerships or affiliations as a pathway to success under the emerging value-based business model, often referred to as a population health management model.

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Improving the quality of care is a universal goal within the healthcare industry. Often, that goal is hindered by the number of siloed or proprietary technology systems that clinicians and patients must muddle through when seeking treatment.

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