High-Functioning Integrated Health Systems: Governing a “Learning Organization”
This white paper argues in favor of a transformation of structure and function of governance for community health systems destined for higher levels of clinical and business model integration. A principal goal of these recommended transformations is enhancing the performance of integrated health systems as “learning organizations” that are able to acquire knowledge and innovate fast enough to survive in a rapidly changing environment.
For integrated health systems to become effective learning organizations, a new partnership between governance and management is required; a structural and functional transformation is required to create this partnership. This white paper addresses this new partnership recommendation from the perspectives of structure, function, and expected performance. It should become clear how “restructured,” high-functioning, integrated health systems will behave in a reforming U.S. healthcare marketplace.