John Norenberg, vice president of physician services for Chicago-based Advocate Health Care, faces a common industry dilemma-from the health system perspective at least. "We need to exchange data with affiliated physicians," he says. "And we need to do it in a way that's very flexible." Advocate's physician network is broad-with nearly 5,000 doctors admitting to Advocate's 12 hospitals, which run a Cerner inpatient electronic health record.
Among those are about 1,000 Advocate-employed physicians, and another 2,500 who are members of the system's physician-hospital organization. Beyond that are a group of low admitters, "the pure independents," Norenberg says.
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