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[December 10, 2013]

Coker Group's Technology Playbook for Hospital Executives Provides Latest Thinking on Alignment, Virtual Integration

ALPHARETTA, Ga. --(Business Wire)--

More and more hospitals and physicians are choosing alignment to manage the increasing financial and operating pressures both are feeling. Information technology is a vital element to make these transactions successful.

Coker Group, a national healthcare advisory firm, has published a technology playbook for hospital executives leading both large and small systems, as well as physicians and other key constituents involved in clinical HCIT integration. In this report, Coker Group carefully outlines the driving forces within the healthcare environment and how to prepare financially, culturally and operationally in designing a model. Furthermore, the author describes the inevitable IT mistakes to avoid in the process.

"Health systems of every size are preparing for an accelerated pace of HCIT adoption, implementation, and increased influence in every part of the clinical, financial and administrative workflow," said Jeffery Daigrepont, author of the paper and senior vice president of Cokr Group's HCIT services. "As HCIT can serve as a unifying force to promote alignment or to act as the platform upon which to build different strategies, understanding the complexity of HCIT integration is extremely important to both large and small entities."

Daigrepont added, "Developing the right HITECH alignment model is paramount to future survival."

The white paper provides a roadmap to ensure HCIT helps galvanize hospital-physician alignment arrangements. Health systems must assess their HCIT integration and determine whether they have the tools to meet the challenges of alignment and accountable care.

To learn more or to download a copy of this white paper, visit and connect to Thought Leadership/White Papers.

About Coker Group

Coker Group is a national healthcare consulting firm with more than two decades of experience assisting healthcare organizations navigate and manage the challenges of an unpredictable industry. Coker offers a wide variety of healthcare consulting services throughout North America and Europe. The firm is headquartered in Atlanta with offices in Charlotte, Dallas and Philadelphia. Thousands of the world's largest healthcare organizations, as well as local healthcare organizations, have trusted Coker Group to provide the results needed to achieve success. For more information go to

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