Trends and best practices in “best hospitals”


It is important for health care leaders to be aware of industry trends and best practices that might impact their organizations. By strategically implementing these trends and best practices, organizations can improve patient health outcomes and remain competitive within the industry. For this Discussion, you examine the trends and best practices hospitals implement for organizational excellence, information technology, and informatics.

To prepare:

  • Locate the most current “Best Hospitals” report from the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Select a hospital from the report and locate the hospital’s annual statement.

Post: a cohesive response to the following:

Identify the hospital you selected from the “Best Hospitals” report. Analyze the trends and best practices that the hospital implements for operational excellence, information technology, and health care informatics. Support your response by identifying and explaining key points and/or examples presented in the Learning Resources.



Walston, S. L. (2014). Strategic healthcare management: Planning and execution. Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press.
Chapter 3, “Business Models and Common Strategies” (pp. 43–72)
Chapter 15, “Implementing, Monitoring, and Evaluating Strategy” (pp. 321–340)
Note: This chapter was assigned in Week 3. Please review it for this week.

Jaana, M., Teitelbaum, M., & Roffey, T. (2014). IT strategic planning in hospitals: From theory to practice. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 30(3), 289–297.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Keshvari, H., Haddadpoor, A., Taheri, B., Nasri, M., & Aghdak, P. (2014). Survey determinant factors of telemedicine strategic planning from the managers and experts perspective in the health department, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. Acta Informatica Medica, 22(5), 320–324.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

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Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

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Pliskie, J., & Wallenfang, L. (2014). How geographical information systems analysis influences the continuum of patient care. The Journal of Medical Practice Management, 29(5), 282–285.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Rivera-Ruiz, I., & Ferrer-Moreno, E. (2015). The relationship between strategic leadership, human IT infrastructure, project management, project success, and firm performance. International Journal of Information, Business and Management, 7(2), 77–84.
Note: Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

Shahi, M., Sadoughi, F., & Ahmadi, M. (2015). Information technology governance domains in hospitals: A case study in Iran. Global Journal of Health Science, 7(3), 200–208. Retrieved from

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