This paper describes a study that assessed the performance implications of aligning information technology (IT) strategy to overall business strategy across a variety of health care organization (HCO) structures. We obtained survey results from senior executives of 178 hospitals to identify key configurations of IT strategic practices, business strategy and HCO structures. Using K- means cluster analysis, we identified which business strategies correlate strongly with certain IT strategy types. Our results indicate that HCOs achieve superior performance through unique combinations of business and IT strategy, suggesting that correctly aligning these strategies is a critical decision for healthcare organizations.
Zacharia, Zach G.; Preston, David S.; Autry, Chad W.; and Lamb, Charles W.
"IT Alignment with Business Strategies in Healthcare Organizations: An Empirical Analysis,"
Journal of International Technology and Information Management: Vol. 18
, Article 13.
Available at: http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/jitim/vol18/iss3/13