Ambulatory strategy is, and will remain, synonymous with access strategy. Health systems must move beyond the traditional hospital hub and ambulatory spoke model to effectively keep up with changing consumer needs. Creating a fully integrated, rational and financially viable system of convenient access points, both physical and virtual, through ownership and partnership, can unlock the potential for competitive differentiation and will be required for long-term sustainability.
Here we examine the key components healthcare executives should consider the following to advance their ambulatory care strategy:
- Broaden the Ambulatory Lens
- Rethink Ambulatory Care Economics
- Embrace Partnerships
- Optimize the Existing Ambulatory Care Network