Graduates of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute have access to previous work and featured projects from fellow alumni. The annual Alumni Conference provides a forum for graduates to discuss their current projects and to share innovative tools and techniques they are pioneering to improve clinical quality.

Next Generation IT Systems for Clinical Management


Intermountain Healthcare’s Institute for Health Care Delivery Research is pleased to host our 11th Annual ATP Alumni Conference on February 3 - 5, 2016 at the Newpark Resort in Park City, Utah.  This year’s theme is Next Generation IT Systems for Clinical Management.

For the last five years we have talked about health reform and pay for value.  The change continues.  While there is still some debate regarding how fast the change will progress, all systems – thanks to CMS and Medicare – are facing the transition.  In the ATP you learned about waste elimination.  Waste elimination forms the financial core of health reform.  In turn, it relies on clinical process management.  One of the key tools for clinical process management is health IT.  This leads to an examination of EMRs.

In the past most EMRs were built to replace hand-written medical records.  Their primary aim is documentation to maximize fee-for-service payment.  Clinical decision support, to improve clinical management and performance, comes as an afterthought.  It is bolted onto the payment-focused documentation system.  In the emerging pay-for-value world the key issue is clinical decision support for outcome and waste elimination.  It requires a different design for IT.  Early experiments in such designs show systems that are much more clinically rational.  Their primary aim is clinical decision support to produce “the best medical result at the lowest necessary cost.”  Documentation comes as a secondary effect.  Surprisingly, early models do a better, faster, and more complete job of clinical documentation then do traditional systems designed to replace hand-written medical records.  Such designs also directly provide full activity based costing integrated into clinical documentation.  That means that care delivery groups will get complete, granular cost data for free.

We invite you to bring your CIO, fellow alumni, or any of your colleagues from your organization to attend the conference.  Group learning will facilitate organizational change as people throughout the organization gain a greater understanding and knowledge of quality.

We hope you will join us in beautiful Park City, Utah.  Sign up today for the 11th Annual ATP Alumni Conference, and join your fellow alumni and their CIOs in a profound and uplifting experience to acquire new knowledge, exchange encouragement and map plans for further progress in quality improvement.

Brent C. James, MD, MStat

Natalie Soria, MBA

Alumni Reunion Registration – $500.00

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday, February 5, 2016 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 



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