The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has selected Intermountain Healthcare to research healthcare quality initiatives. The five-year project, called Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION II), is coordinated through the Department of Health and Human Services and creates a formal research relationship between a network of partner health systems.
AHRQ named Intermountain to lead the initiative as one of 17 organizations selected by the federal government to identify important questions related to healthcare delivery, facilitating "rapid-cycle" research that can quickly improve healthcare.
Intermountain's research partners will include:
- Mayo Clinic
- Providence Health & Services
- Baylor Health Care System
- Denver Health
- Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Center for Health Outcomes, University of Colorado Health Sciences
Other prominent partners include Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College and locally based networks such as the University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance and the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) network among others.
"This is an important win for our partnership," said Brent James, MD, chief quality officer for Intermountain Healthcare. "It positions us to directly contribute to the national health outcomes research agenda. It is quite unusual for a community system like Intermountain to serve as the lead center within an ACTION network," he said. "I believe this will be an important contributor to applied research within Intermountain's Clinical Programs."
Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA, director of research and education of Intermountain's Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, will lead the initiative for Intermountain. "The ACTION award will support valid studies to continually improve the quality and affordability of the care we provide to our patients," Savitz said.