September 13, 2010 10:00 ET

Sg2 to Showcase Smart Growth Solution at SHSMD's Annual Conference

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SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  Sg2, a future-focused health care information company, is exhibiting at the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD) 2010 Annual Conference on September 12 through September 15 in Chicago. Sg2 will showcase its EDGE Growth System, a total solution for strategic decision making that enables providers to plan smart growth strategies across the full care continuum.

The EDGE® Growth System helps uncover opportunities to grow sustainable, appropriate and profitable volumes. It is built around Sg2's 10-year Impact of Change® disease-based forecast, which projects local demand by disease, patient type and service area for both inpatient and outpatient settings -- an industry first. The EDGE Growth System addresses critical topics including service line growth projections over the next decade, current and future patient mix, and where -- and where not -- to invest to increase market share.

In today's marketplace, growth strategies are changing and have moved beyond increasing inpatient volumes and filling acute care beds. With outpatient growth substantially increasing, commercial payer rates declining and provider responsibility expected beyond the acute care setting, the EDGE Growth System helps create a reform-ready strategic plan.

"Sg2's EDGE Growth System addresses critical reform issues including reimbursement changes, the shift from inpatient to outpatient settings and accountability across the care continuum," says Michael Sachs, Sg2 chairman and CEO. "In this new playing field, strategic plans are being challenged and, in order to succeed, having tools that incorporate the impact of health reform is essential."

On September 15, Sachs will speak on Post-Reform: The New Growth Agenda during the General Session where he will highlight the importance of a 10-year disease-based patient demand forecast and discuss strategies for investing, partnering and building a successful health care system in the reform era.

To learn how the Sg2 EDGE Growth System can forecast future demand, define services by patient segments, build technology plans that align with growth goals and assess clinically appropriate and profitable volumes, visit Sg2 during SHSMD at booth #233.

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Sg2 is a health care information company that provides expert-led, future-focused systems for growth and clinical performance. Our advanced analytics, business intelligence, education and publications deliver measurable value across the full continuum of health care services. Sg2 works with more than 1,000 hospitals and health care organizations in the US and around the globe. For more information, please visit

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