What is an Integrated Delivery Network (IDN) ?

Integrated network delivery or integrated network system is an organized approach of the health system to provide treatment to the population in a defined area. It means that a particular organization or a group aligns to provide health facilities and manage them under one governing board. In other words, a patient can get treatment from a single ‘brand’ of healthcare providers.

Like any other health care system, IDNs have made an approach to use their extensive network of health care providers and address almost all the patients’ healthcare needs without any delay. IDNs have also proved in the previous years to deliver a high-quality treatment, better communication, and treatment to a number of diseases because of an extensive number of physicians. Ultimately, the goal is holistic care; a patient can receive preventable care, physical therapy, and almost everything in between.

What does an IDN do for a hospital?

IDNs are regional and provide comprehensive health care services to specific individuals in the region. As a result, they are in a unique position to monitor and gain a deeper understanding of the lives of local people – which will ultimately help them provide better healthcare services. In general, IDN’s cover the complete spectrum of healthcare. At time, an IDN may focus on preventive care to reduce the health conditions associated with obesity and diabetes. IDNs provides healthcare services to young people, physicians living in the urban population can treat many patients who are a product of substance abuse.

5 features of an IDN:

Provider alignment.
Unified control of physicians and common branding across different institutions.

Continuum of care.
Due to the vast network of IDN, they can provide more services beginning from disease prevention, primary/urgent care to post-operative care and therapies.

Regional presence.
Large IDNs have major portions in the market, so with their influence, they are sometimes able to reduce prices for medications from pharmacies and other payers.

Clinical Care.
Hospitals in an IDN system are connected to provide better healthcare. They can exchange patients data for the betterment of patient’s health outcome

Compensation or Reimbursement.

Large IDNs have huge risks to take, so they accept some sort of risk with payers for improvement in patient’s health outcome.

It is important to know which IDN services the hospital so you can reach other hospitals in their network.

IDNs have a vast amount of networks, due to which they store the data of all hospitals related to them. A major source of data sharing for and IDN is HIE (Health Information Exchange). The data of all patients are stored in this form, whenever the need arises, the patients are referred to other hospitals related to that particular IDN. Furthermore, patient’s are frequently answered to their queries for any other services or hospitals.

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