National healthcare leader discuss the use of data to drive better healthcare around the country

By Intermountain Healthcare

Christine Cassel, MD, President and CEO of the National Quality Forum, was the keynote speaker at Intermountain’s latest Healthy Dialogues lecture series in Salt Lake City.  Watch her Q&A about using data to drive better healthcare around the country.

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Dr. Cassel, who has authored or co-authored 14 books and more than 200 journal articles, is one of 20 scientists chosen by President Obama to serve on the President’s council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Dr. Cassel used the occasion to speak to local leaders about what she calls the “quality movement.” She defined this movement as the dramatic acceleration in interest by stakeholders across the country to use data to improve patient outcomes. “Intermountain Healthcare has been an early and important leader in the field of measuring what we do as a healthcare system and using that data on behalf of our patients to drive improvement.”


Dr. Cassel talks about how attitudes toward using performance-based best practices are changing across the country and shares in more depth about the following:

  • The National Quality Forum
  • The healthcare quality movement
  • How individuals can understand healthcare quality measures?
  • What do medical professionals need to know about quality measures?

The Healthy Dialogues lecture series brings national healthcare leaders to Utah to talk about health policy with local business, healthcare, and community leaders. Past speakers include Donald Berwick, MD, Michael Leavitt, Elliott Fisher, MD, Clayton Christensen, Atul Gawande, MD, and Shannon Brownlee.