Stakeholders are people or organizations who can affect the project or are affected by the project. Identification of stakeholders is not only listing them, but in large and complex projects, it means gathering information about their level of influence, interests, and potential impact. The identification process helps classify stakeholders and understand how to communicate with them more efficiently according to their interests and involvement.
In the US healthcare system, the main stakeholders are consumers, providers, suppliers, the government on all levels, and companies. First, involving stakeholders in policy-making and project implementation helps create successful and relevant projects. Second, involving stakeholders in planning helps to use their knowledge, skills, and resources to create a better, more developed healthcare environment.
Third, maintaining constant communication with stakeholders allows for to resolve conflicts between parties with opposing interests faster and more productively. Fourth, stakeholders can provide support through media influence and give information on the importance of specific medical projects.
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