Major health care systems are, by design or by default, aligning themselves with one of two strategies: that of being forced to react and adapt to trends in health care, and that of anticipating the trends and testing adaptations now. Those that are choosing to the latter strategy are relying heavily on technology to drive their transformation.

Ascension Health, the St. Louis-based health care system, is among those rapid adopters of new IT systems and practices. At a recent conference of health care journalists in Phoenix, Ascension Chris Young, vice president of innovation, outlined the "six disruptions" that Ascension is building its new model upon.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.