In its upcoming Sunday magazine, The New York Times is turning the spotlight on Intermountain Healthcare — a network of hospitals and clinics in Utah and Idaho that doctors at some of the world’s most prestigious medical centers point to as a model for health reform. In the 8,000-word story, Dr. Brent James, a surgeon and Intermountain’s chief quality officer, explains the science and thinking behind their “evidence-based” care — a mix of rigorous treatment protocols, detailed measurement of actions and results, and electronic medical records that is at the heart of Intermountain’s approach. After talking to leading doctors who are championing medical reform, the Times writer observes: “When I have asked them whether they have any hope that medicine will change, they have tended to say yes. When I have asked them whether anybody has already begun to succeed, they have tended to mention the same name: Brent James.”
Intermountain is likely familiar to GE Reports readers, as GE has partnered with its clinics on a number of a projects, many of which center on the substantial impact that electronic medical records (EMRs) can have in delivering better care and in reducing costs. For example, as you can see in the links above, the GE partnership with Intermountain ranges from EMRs, to a new computerized system to give doctors faster access to current research, to working with Intermountain to evaluate new ultrasound technology now coming out of GE’s labs.