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Benchmarking

Reducing Costs While Improving Patient Safety

GAVS Technologies

How healthcare providers are cutting costs and improving patient care by integrating IMS, Compliance, Business Intelligence and Mobility solutions According to Gartner, the pace and magnitude of IT-enabled changes in the healthcare sector will increase dramatically during this decade. Highly available, aware and responsive infrastructures are fast becoming the focus of CIOs, with attention shifting …

Valuing Contract Terms in Outsourcing Contracts | Article

Brad L. Peterson, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

If you are an outsourcing customer, an outsourcing agreement is like a three-legged stool. Its value depends on what you agree to buy, what you agree to pay and the terms of the contract. Although the agreement and the other contract terms are often extensive, outsourcing customers often underestimate, or even overlook, the value in …

Manage Outsourcing Change by Communicating Remorse | Article

Deborah Kops, Managing Principal, Sourcing Change

Most of us have been down on our knees praying that the relationship does not blow up over an error. Perhaps the cutover was delayed because the provider did not conduct sufficient user acceptance tests, or an employee committed fraud within a client account because controls were inadequate, or the client did not provide the …

Outsourcing Experts Discuss New Flexible Pricing Models | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Outsourcing Center assembled a panel of industry experts to discuss the changes in outsourcing contracts and pricing models over the next two to five years. Their insights reveal buyers and providers will approach outsourcing initiatives differently than in the past. Q. Outsourcing pricing models and contract vehicles have evolved over the past few years. How …

When is an SLA Not Necessary in an Outsourcing Relationship? | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Service level agreements (SLAs) play two important roles in an outsourcing arrangement. They set the stage for the service provider’s accountability, and they are the major factor in determining the price of the service. The buyer of outsourced services can achieve a comfort level that it’s getting what it pays for if it regularly monitors …

Going the Extra Mile Keeps 11-Year BPO Relationship Strong

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Read how the parties communicate proactively, honestly, and transparently, enabling them to work collaboratively to resolve issues, take advantage of opportunities, and ensure their interests remain aligned. After 10 years together, the gray line between the two has vanished. Here’s how they communicate.

How Outsourcing Buyers Benefit from Benchmarking

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Cost and price. It’s crucial that buyers understand both when it comes to outsourcing. What is the cost of providing business services internally? What elements comprise that cost? What is the price for comparable services from an outsourcing service provider? What cost elements affect the provider’s price? For the service levels it commits to perform, …

Changes in Outsourcing Will Impact the Way Buyers Make Decisions in 2009 | Article

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Companies are facing new considerations in their decision making at different points in the life cycle of outsourcing. Pricing models, controllability of offshored work, managing outsourcing relationships, and a new source of value creation will impact decisions in 2009. But the biggest impact on decision making will come from a watershed event regarding platform BPO, which occurred in 2008. Here’s what you need to know to be ready for outsourcing decisions in these aspects.

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