Implementation of principles
The first step was the organization of the Research Guidance Council responsible for creating governance of research activities. The council is in charge of identifying and aligning the enterprise research projects with the goals of individual research groups. Members from 13 major clinical areas are represented in the council including Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Critical Care, and Oncology. It also includes PhD-led researchers such as Bioinformatics and Care Delivery Science. Pediatrics was also included, as members of the affiliated physician group.
In the fall of 2017, the council defined Intermountain’s research purpose statement: Intermountain Healthcare Research uses our model healthcare system to advance clinical investigation and improve patient outcomes and healthcare quality through innovation, discovery and implementation science.
The council has coordinated large grant opportunities across work streams and is currently in the process of formalizing investigator tracks for career advancement, standardizing research processes, identifying opportunities to improve financial stewardship, and adopting a more data driven approach to governing research.
“All of the changes made by the Research Guidance Council are being done to align Intermountain resources and investigators across the care delivery system, in order to better serve our patients and community”, says Dr. Srivastava. “The goal of research at Intermountain is to conduct research that has a rapid impact on improving patient care, focused on achieving the best medical result at the lowest necessary cost.”
Clinical discovery and implementation research are critical to identifying and advancing evidence-based treatment. Community-based health systems have an obligation to ensure research is helping examine the overall effectiveness of technologies, and innovations across our care delivery system.