Research Paper on HealthCare Organization “Baylor Health Care System”
Baylor Health Care System is a nonprofit integrated delivery system based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Baylor comprises a network of hospitals, primary care and specialty care centers, rehabilitation clinics, senior health centers, and affiliated ambulatory surgery centers. The quality innovations technique was implemented to fulfill the major gap of the setting up of IT services in the organization rather than outsourcing it from outside vendors. A multifaceted plan was implemented to create an effective overall IT demand and supply management process. The plan focused on internal IT people, as well as processes and changes to governance and decision making across Baylor's hospitals. A new Project management Office approach must be established for setting up an IT department focusing on all operations of all branches of Baylor. The services provided by implementing this plan helped to organize the patient care effectively in the organization.
Baylor Health Care System is a nonprofit integrated delivery system based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Baylor comprises a network of hospitals, primary care and specialty care centers, rehabilitation clinics, senior health centers, and affiliated ambulatory surgery centers.
In 1994, Baylor anticipated the future of the healthcare to be dominated by managed care. BHCS took step for transitioning from a multihospital system to an integrated delivery system. Baylor faced a lot of hurdles that include a lack of a system wide organizational culture and strategic vision. The Integration action team drove the successful integration of its clinical and nonclinical processes. This major organizational change allowed BHCS to change the way health care was delivered at its facilities.
Founded over a century ago, it has grown from a one-building hospital to a 3,000-bed integrated system that uses electronic health records and numerous quality improvement tools. Baylor owns a 450-physician medical group subsidiary and is affiliated with 3,000 independent physicians who deliver care at 15 Baylor-owned, leased, or affiliated hospitals and six short-stay hospitals. Baylor uses training programs, as well as physicians, to encourage system wide initiatives and cement the quality mission across the system. The system has successfully implemented electronic health records, decreased mortality rates, and standardized care. BHCS also publishes its own quarterly peer-reviewed medical journal, Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings, which serves to communicate information about the research and clinical activities, philosophy, and history of Baylor Health Care System. (Emswiller & Nichols 2009)