First it is important to provide background information pertaining to California’s Sutter Health Hospitals. Sutter Health is a non-profit network of community-based healthcare providers. This organization provides care to more than one hundred Northern California communities. (Souza & McCarty, 2007) Sutter Health is composed of hospitals, physician organizations and other health care service providers that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality. While the variety of providers is beneficial to the communities served, it posed an operating issue for the organization. (Hummel, 2004)
One of the key problems that Sutter Health was experiencing was that each facility acted as an independent “island” of information. Due to the numerous operating and accounting systems it was impossible to obtain data and reports in the same format from every location. There were no common practices within the organization. (Hummel,
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