Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2012 (Revised April 2013)

Schön Klinik: Eating Disorder Care

by Michael E. Porter, Emma Stanton, Jessica A. Hohman and Caleb Stowell


The Schön Klinik is a private, for-profit German hospital group trying to establish itself as a premium health care provider in a competitive German market. The case details Schön Klinik's founding, its early focus on measurement and improvement, and the design and implementation of a system-wide structure for measuring and reporting actual health outcomes. The case details the care cycle for eating disorder patients and highlights the role outcomes measurement has played in improving eating disorder care over time. It ends with a discussion of Schön's innovative bundled reimbursement models and challenges the reader to explore how to develop new pricing and care delivery models that encourage integration of care around patient medical conditions. The case also discusses the German health care system, its regulatory constraints, and Schön's attempts to change the paradigm of competition in the sector.

Keywords: health care quality; outcomes; quality improvement; strategy and performance measurement; Integration; Measurement and Metrics; Competition; Health Disorders; Health Care and Treatment; Outcome or Result; Performance Evaluation; Business Processes; Health Industry; Germany;


Porter, Michael E., Emma Stanton, Jessica A. Hohman, and Caleb Stowell. "Schön Klinik: Eating Disorder Care." Harvard Business School Case 712-475, March 2012. (Revised April 2013.)