Healing takes courage. It also takes compassion and relentless commitment to support patients through all stages of the recovery process. Intermountain Healthcare is a place where health and care go together. The nonprofit health system, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, strives every day to strengthen the connection between health and healing. Intermountain Healthcare is comprised of 22 hospitals and over 800 physicians who aim to provide quality care at an affordable cost. Their researchers are at the forefront of medical breakthroughs, guiding the country in best practices to treat and cure a range of diseases.
Last month, researchers at Intermountain Healthcare made headlines when they challenged national guidelines that currently recommend all patients with coronary artery disease take the same standardized dose of prescribed blood thinners. The research, conducted at Intermountain Heart Institute, revealed that 75 percent of patients with coronary artery disease who take blood thinners, specifically, Plavix and Effient, are not receiving the appropriate dose—either too little or not enough. The medical insights gained from this comprehensive study may help save the millions of Americans who use these medications from serious health problems including blood clots, uncontrolled bleeding and stroke. Intermountain’s research questions current practices and paves the way for the healthcare practitioners (doctors, pharmacists, etc.) to reexamine dosage recommendations, ultimately improving how conditions are managed.
As hospitals face pressure to prevent readmissions, Intermountain Healthcare mapped out a course of action, which included the development of a predictive tool to pinpoint patients at risk of returning. The computerized algorithm is used to identify patients who have had heart attacks and could be readmitted for the same (or similar) medical emergency. By implementing such cutting-edge technology, Intermountain not only elevated its practices and attention to care, but also single-handedly transformed standard readmission procedures for physicians across the country.
Treat, Pray, Love
Intermountain Healthcare takes a holistic approach to healing. The nonprofit recognizes how emotional and mental components impact the body’s ability to respond favorably to treatment. In addition to dedicated staff, Intermountain invites patients and their families to be actively involved in the recovery process. Collaborative partnerships streamline services allowing patients access to the treatment they need. Efforts to reduce medical errors and create an environment conducive to healing help ensure patients receive quality care. Each day, Intermountain Healthcare professionals collectively aim to bring the hospital one step closer to mastering the art of treating people right.
Intermountain Healthcare in the News
Managed Care Magazine – October: Clinical Bundling Pays Off In Antisepsis Campaign. “In November 2001, when the New England Journal of Medicine published a study about how to better treat severe sepsis, clinician executives at Intermountain Healthcare took note. Intermountain’s checklist for providers cut mortality rates for this fast-moving, and sometimes lethal, condition.”
HealthLeaders Magazine – October: Healthcare Collaboration Strategies Gaining Ground. “Expensive knee replacement surgeries were studied first, in part because they are projected to grow seven-fold by 2030 when there will be 3.48 million procedures a year. One system among them—Intermountain…employed dedicated knee replacement teams in the operating room. That seemed to result in shorter lengths of stay and fewer patient complications. Now, others are adopting this practice in their systems.”
U.S. News & World Report – November 6: Standard Dose of Blood Thinner May Not Be Best for All Patients. “Millions of Americans with coronary artery disease take the drugs to prevent blood clots that could cause a heart attack or stroke. Guidelines recommend that all patients take the same standardized dose, but that dose is not effective for all patients, according to researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.”
Fierce Healthcare – November 6: Predictive Tool Pinpoints Heart Patient Readmissions. “With readmissions a target under the healthcare law, hospitals are increasingly using predictive modeling tools to pinpoint patients who might be at risk for coming back to the hospital. Utah’s Intermountain Medical Center, for instance, developed a computerized algorithm to identify heart attack patients at risk for readmissions, presented yesterday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2012 in Los Angeles.”
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