What is Clinical Integration?

What is clinical integration?

A clinically integrated network is a collection of hospitals, providers and health care organizations that collaborate in the development of clinical initiatives to improve the quality of care and control costs for a defined patient population. As part of a clinically integrated network, providers invest time to define care coordination and performance metrics, as well as determine the necessary infrastructure to provide the right care in the right place, at the right time.

The benefits of clinical integration include:

  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Active and ongoing clinical initiatives to support overall health and wellness of the pediatric population
  • Access to quality improvements and technology infrastructure
  • Improved information sharing and transparency among participating physicians and other health care providers
  • Increased efficiencies
  • Better coordination of patient care across the network

This glossary provides definitions for many of the terms associated with health care reform, value-based care and clinical integration.