Pediatric Healthcare Survey

"What keeps you up at night?"

The healthcare industry is currently in the midst of a dramatic transformation. While the coming year will be strongly shaped by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the industry will also see a continuation of trends that precede that new law. Providers will continue to confront cost and funding issues, new information technology challenges, operational changes and the need to improve quality of care. (Meyer, 2014)

Children's hospitals are facing their own unique set of challenges during this transformative time. According to the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, there are approximately 200 children's hospitals in the United States. These free-standing children's hospitals serve about 12% of all hospitalized children, are responsible for 20% of the cost of treating children, and train about 25% of all pediatricians in the United States. More than 8.3 million outpatient visits are provided by children's hospitals. (National Associaton of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, 2013)

Recently, HDR set out to gain insight into what specific challenges the leaders of these children's hospitals are experiencing and to answer the question: "What keeps pediatric healthcare leaders up at night?"