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From The CriticsReviewer: Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN, RN (A. T. Still University)
Description: This book provides an overview of the infrastructure and components required for the operation of a healthcare system. The theory is inclusive and the book addresses topics such as healthcare technology, organizational structure, ethical and legal requirements, quality improvement, and leadership skills needed to effectively run a healthcare organization.
Purpose: It is intended as a resource for healthcare professionals who are managing or working in a healthcare system or service organization. The book serves as a reference for complex issues in healthcare management, and it also would be a very effective textbook for all levels of healthcare professionals in graduate and postgraduate university programs.
Audience: The audience is diverse and broad and may include any healthcare professionals involved in healthcare organizations in leadership, educator, or clinical positions.
Features: This excellent overview of the U.S. healthcare system highlights the different structures and frameworks that are required to work together for a functioning unit. The book starts with a very clear introduction that identifies the goals of each chapter. It is laid out well with good use of titles and highlighting to divide up topics. Discussion questions and case studies at the conclusion of each chapter assist in applying theory to practice. The book uses white space effectively with charts, graphs, and illustrations to highlight different sections. It systematically outlines the various processes of system management, chapter by chapter. A strength of the book lies in the comprehensive and readable description of each of the processes required for effective health system management. A section at the end of each chapter provides useful resources for further review.
Assessment: This comprehensive review of many of the components of health system and service organizations provides a wealth of information on healthcare organizations and their infrastructure and would be a worthwhile addition to any healthcare leader's reading resource list.