Improving healthcare quality and eliminating wasteful spending requires that hospitals consistently care for patients using known quality measures, Gregory Poulson, senior vice president of Intermountain Healthcare, told the crowd gathered for the final keynote address at the Healthcare Financial Management Associations Annual National Institute. Poulson was one of three industry executives to address gains in quality and efficacy in a panel moderated by Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund.
We would be far better off if we consistently did what we already know to be right, rather than seeking improvements though drug development or technology investments, Poulson said. He cited reminders embedded in forms to release patients or computer records that improved care for cardiac patients and saved lives. None of these things are new science, he said.