The Price of I.T. Progress?

Three years ago, independent physicians ruled the roost at Medical Center Health System, a 403-bed community hospital in Odessa, Texas. At that point, the health system employed only half a dozen physicians, mostly primary care docs who doubled as hospitalists. Today, the employed medical staff numbers 30, encompassing both radiology and anesthesiology. And the number is going to keep growing, says Gary Barnes, CIO. "When we're recruiting medical staff, we try to bring in private physicians first, but more and more, they want to be hospital-employed," he says.

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