The indicators of successful clinical integration are:
- Common information technology linking physicians and hospitals
- Development and implementation of evidenced-based clinical protocols
- Ongoing clinical care review and comparison of physician performance
- Having mechanisms in place to assure adherence of clinical protocols.
Clinical integration programs can engage all providers and payers in community health improvement efforts and cost containment and also create the opportunity to leverage quality improvement capabilities across the patient-care continuum.
The sharing of clinical information between hospitals and physicians through technology such as EMRs has the potential to improve clinical outcomes and increase efficiency, providing benefits for patients, physicians, hospitals and payers.