A Qualitative Analysis of Resource Sharing Agreements Between Naval Hospital Great Lakes and North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center: The Iron Triangle Theory of Healthcare Integration
Final rept. Jul 2004-Jul 2005
NAVAL HOSPITAL GREAT LAKES IL
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The Naval Hospital Great Lakes NHGL and North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center NCVAMC form strategic alliances through resource sharing agreements. This research posits that the successful integration of healthcare system components, such as resource sharing agreements, occurs when improvements to cost, quality, and access are mutual, and the outcomes meet organizational expectations. The researcher calls this proposition the Iron Triangle Theory of Healthcare Integration, and uses it to qualitatively analyze the resource sharing agreements between NHGL and NCVAMC. The- research methods of situational analysis, informal interviews,.and document evaluation objectively define the variables of this qualitative research. The results provide a calculated explanation of the delta between the theoretical intent of resource sharing agreements and the outcome from the actual implementation of the integration.
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