Vertical Integration

The degree of integration and coordination of activities across operating units of an IHDN with complementary clinical and operational missions (e.g., affiliated general practitioner group, surgery center, and rehabilitation center).


Voluntary Hospitals of America, one of the larger GPOs.
Also, Veterans Hospital Administration, a large system of hospitals throughout the US, operated by the Federal government for the benefit of military veterans and their families.


See patient case.


Very seriously ill. See SI.