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IDN (Integrated Delivery Network)

What is an IDN?

Integrated delivery networks, or health systems, are organizations that own and operate a network of healthcare facilities in a defined geographic area. These vertically integrated health service networks include physicians, hospitals, post-acute services, and more.

In what context is an Integrated Delivery Network applicable?

By providing integrated health services, IDNs organize and improve chronic disease care while reducing costs. IDNs aim to use their vast network of healthcare providers to deliver high-quality, coordinated patient care.

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Frequently asked questions

How do IDNs differ from traditional healthcare systems?
Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) differ from traditional healthcare systems by integrating various healthcare services, providers, and facilities under a single umbrella. IDNs own and operate a network of healthcare facilities in a defined geographic area. Within a single organization, IDNs provide a broad spectrum of coordinated inpatient and outpatient care.
What services are typically included in an IDN?
Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) typically include a range of healthcare services such as hospitals, physician groups, health clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, and imaging centers.
How do IDNs benefit patient care and reduce costs?
Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) benefit patient care by promoting coordinated and seamless healthcare services across various settings. Because many health systems offer a wide range of care services providers can often meet most of their patients’ healthcare needs without referring patients to an out-of-network provider. This allows for greater communication, collaboration, and care coordination. IDNs decrease care costs by appropriately reducing inpatient surgeries, post-acute care utilization, and hospitalizations.
Why are IDNs important in the healthcare landscape?
Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) are crucial in the healthcare landscape as they promote coordinated and efficient care delivery across various healthcare settings. IDNs enhance collaboration among providers, streamline processes, and improve patient outcomes by ensuring highly-quality, coordinated patient care.