The intense pressures on the healthcare industry are more complex than the simple delivery of quality medical care. 

Costs are soaring, even as it becomes increasingly challenging to attain and then maintain profitability - and the marketplace is resisting. Acquisitions are a competitive blessing - and an organizational nightmare. Governmental regulations are more stringent than ever - and compliance more of a burden. Technological solutions hold out the promise of relief - but are not without their own challenges.