Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:01 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Changes to Utah Healthcare
SHAUNA LAKE:So fast forward, you have been in this position for how long now?
Linda Leckman: I'm in my 18th year.
SHAUNA LAKE:How do you feel about the changes that have been made and how Utah's healthcare is right now?
Linda Leckman: Let's talk about Utah healthcare because that's something that folks in Utah should be very proud of. If you look at most surveys looking at quality of care, availability of care, clinical outcomes, Utah is usually number one or number 2. So the quality of healthcare is really excellent. In terms of the medical group that I'm leading, when I came into the job, Intermountain had already started employing some physicians; there were less than 100, right now we have about 1,050 physicians in our group and there are probably another 250 advanced practice assistants who also are very involved in terms of clinical delivery of care. Were a very large group we are across the entire state we've been able to implement a lot of things that support physicians to be able to deliver evidence based healthcare.
One of the things were working on at Intermountain Healthcare and within the health group is really looking at what is available in the peer reviewed literature in terms of how healthcare should be practiced. That leads to things that will be very good for the state as in using fewer antibiotics so that you don't get antibiotic resistant infections and problems there; so that you not induce women in labor until at least 39 weeks because we know that if you do it earlier the likelihood of that baby ending up in a neo natal intensive unit is higher; that you give certain medications to folks with a heart attack as they are discharged from the hospital because it markedly reduces the likelihood that they will be back into the hospital. We are working to make it easier for doctors to follow through on these things. There is so much out there in the literature you cannot expect every doctor to know everything. So we are trying to give them tools to make that easier.
-Produced by Angie Dennison
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