Perhaps the toughest part of a merger is getting separate organizations to act as one. But it can be done if leadership follows a few simple tenets – starting with communication, says Scott Vachon.
As mergers become increasingly common, “the CIO is being thrust into a coordinating role,” says HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf, which makes it all the more critical to formulate strong partnerships.
When it comes to how care is delivered, consumer expectations have changed dramatically. If we want to move forward as an industry, leaders need to create an environment that meets those needs, and build digital health into their strategy, says Hal Wolf.
With the rise in mergers and acquisitions in healthcare comes a negative side effect – costlier care, says David Chou, who believes the industry should be encouraging competition over consolidation.
How will the recent M&A trend impact the health IT job market, and what are the skill sets leaders will need going forward? Donna Padilla and Paul Bohne look at what we can expect in 2018 and beyond.