November 26, 2019

Sure, Technology Investments Can Be Costly but What’s the Cost of Doing Nothing?

When looking to improve a health system’s financial performance, health system leaders need to focus on growth strategies, which can often be enabled by technology.


Sure, investments in technology aren’t cheap, but what’s the cost of doing nothing? Quite a lot, actually. Moody’s Investors Service reports that not-for-profit hospital operating margins remained flat in 2018 after two years of declines. Flat or declining margins, however, may force cost-cutting, terminating services and closing facilities. For not-for-profit health systems, these business decisions affect their most vulnerable populations and may conflict with their charitable or community-focused mission.