Implementation Science at Intermountain

Intermountain Healthcare's unique term for implementation science, care delivery science, emphasizes the overarching mission of evidence-based medicine – helping patients back to better health.

Our team includes applied health services researchers, implementation scientists, and evaluation experts so that we can improve the quality and reliability of care.

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Intermountain's approach to best practice implementation

  1. Search/Develop: Identify high potential evidence-based care practices/care process models for certification
  2. Certify: Certify high-potential evidence based care practices/care process models for prioritization
  3. Prioritize: Prioritize and fund deployment of high potential evidence-based care practices
  4. Spread: Execute implementation plan (test or scaled environments)
  5. Evaluate: Measure outcomes and adapt strategy

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Why analyze implementation?

The need for this work is highlighted by past research findings that it takes an average of 17 years to turn 14% of original research into services routinely provided in community service settings  (Balas, 1998; Balas & Boren, 2000; Green et al., 2009).

History has plenty of examples that answer the question Why get evidence into practice?

  • It took 200 years before the Royal Navy routinely used lemon juice to prevent scurvy. First study 1601 (Mosteller F. Innovation and Evaluation. Science 1981; 211, 881-86)
  • The first RCT that showed the benefit of thrombolytic therapy was in acute MI late 1950s– not into routine use until 1990s (Antman EM. A comparison of results of meta-analyses of randomized control trials and recommendations of clinical experts: treatments for myocardial infarction. JAMA 1992; 268 (2):240-248)
  • Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928; 15 years later widespread use was documented for infected soldiers; only after WWII did this become use for civilian use (Bickel L. Howard Florey: The man who made penicillin. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press; 1972 “Clearly the burden of infection  reduced the military capability of the United Kingdom and allied forces in WWII)