Strategic Challenges

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Strategic Challenges

The term “strategic challenges” refers to those pressures that exert a decisive influence on an organization’s likelihood of future success. These challenges frequently are driven by an organization’s future collaborative environment and/or competitive position relative to other providers of similar health care services. While not exclusively so, strategic challenges generally are externally driven. However, in responding to externally driven strategic challenges, an organization may face internal strategic challenges.

External strategic challenges may relate to patient and other customer or health care market needs or expectations; health care service or technological changes; or financial, societal, and other risks or needs. Internal strategic challenges may relate to an organization’s capabilities or its human and other resources.

See the definition of “strategic objectives” that immediately follows for the relationship between strategic challenges and the strategic objectives an organization articulates to address key challenges.

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