Healthcare has been using technology to cut down costs and increase efficiency. One of the
technologies that have standardized many hospitals and healthcare providers is clinically
integrated networks. To define, clinically integrated networks are an organized arrangement of
healthcare providers and hospitals that share patient information, protocols, and functional goals
to bring a well-coordinated and standard healthcare facility to the patients. CINs function in
association with various healthcare providers and hospitals to coordinate and communicate with
each other for the patient.
Experts believe that patients will get efficient healthcare from anywhere through the network.
Through CINs, providers get all the information required to coordinate with each other to offer
the best healthcare to the members. MultiCare Health System, LifePoint Health, and UW
Medicine are three popular and independent healthcare systems existing in Washington. For
example, a person taking treatment for diabetes can get the treatment at the same cost across
the network. Another benefit is that the patient will not have to explain their health condition
every time they visit a doctor in the CIN.
Lack of coordination between the hospitals and providers is one of the biggest problems in the
healthcare sector. Therefore, people have to explain their problems every time they see a new
doctor. CIN is putting an end to this issue with an effective strategy. The unavailability of
previous test results and diagnoses will increase the costs for the patients as they will have to
do everything again to consult a new doctor. It was also a waste of a lot of activities and
A CIN is a value-based healthcare provider. They are paid for the results they provide rather
than the number of services or care provided. Thus, the cost increases only as the patient gets
better. Most doctors are interested in spending more time with their patients. The shift in pay
models can make this possible.
CIN also includes different disciplines like pharmacists and behavioral health specialists. The
network will help them to focus on what they specialize in and according to the needs of the
patients. CIN ensures that doctors are not charging excessive fees or unnecessary tests or
The American Journal of Managed Care reported that CIN could reduce the hospitalization of
adults by 12% and children by 23%. The emergency service visits were also reduced to 11% for
adults, while it was 17% for children. The reports suggest a decrease in overall cost, leading to
enhanced long-term health.
CINs are a blessing for self-insured employers who cannot afford the exuberant healthcare
costs. Several CINs work with the self-funded plans of these employers and develop a plan that
will be ideal for healthcare issues of that specific workforce, such as musculoskeletal pain or
diabetes. They partner with the employer to find the local needs of their employees, making
them healthier and happier. It also helps to focus more on their work to increase productivity.
CIN may not be ideal for all employers. However, it will be much better than other networks that
always face miscommunications and errors.