TO RECEIVE ACHE'S CONLEY AWARD
February 17, 2003Leonard Friedman, Ph.D., and Jim Goes, Ph.D.,
have been named the winners of the American College of Healthcare Executives
2003 Dean Conley Award for their article "Why Integrated Health Networks
Have Failed," published in the Summer 2001 issue of Frontiers of Health
award will be presented on Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at the Malcolm T.
MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon during the American College of
Healthcare Executives 46th Congress on Healthcare Management at the Hilton
for ACHE's executive director from 1942 to 1965, the Dean Conley Award
is granted annually by ACHE to recognize contributions to healthcare management
literature and to encourage healthcare executives to write and publish
articles. "Why Integrated Health Networks Have Failed" was selected by
ACHE's Article of the Year Awards Committee.
the article, Friedman and Goes assess the success and the future of integrated
health networks. The authors note that most IHNs have shown little evidence
of quantifiable, sustained financial or clinical value. They attribute
the failure of IHNs to structural and functional difficulties. Structural
difficulties include information system conflicts, inefficient supply
chain processes, and difficulties in determining and measuring meaningful
outcomes. Functional difficulties include misalignment of cultures and
incentives and lack of trust among stakeholders. Despite these difficulties,
Friedman and Goes still view IHNs as an effective method of delivering
community-based healthcare. Their article includes several recommended
strategies for overcoming the challenges associated with IHNs.
Friedman is associate professor, Department of Public Health, at Oregon
State University in Corvallis. He is a Faculty Associate of ACHE. Goes
is managing partner at Cybernos, LLC, based in Eugene, OR, and faculty
associate, Health Services, Walden University, Minneapolis.
Deborah A. Labb, (312) 424-9426