Intermountain Healthcare is equally renowned for cutting-edge information technology and health care quality improvement. Though it hasn't formally attested for meaningful use (mainly because its homegrown EHR system has to be certified first), health informatics pioneers were using computers for decision support at Intermountain's flagship LDS Hospital as early as the 1950s, and it has had electronic medical records in some form since the 1970s.

It's currently developing a new EHR system in collaboration with GE Healthcare; modules are expected to start reaching the market sometime later this year. Using its advanced IT capabilities, Intermountain conducted some of the first formal studies on health care quality, utilization and efficiency in the mid-1980s. The Intermountain Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, founded in 1990, routinely breaks new ground in finding ways to make care more efficient and effective.

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