At IES, we are dedicated to facilitating the identification and creation of best practices in emergency medicine in order to minimize variation in care to drive value.
On average, knowledge gained from cutting-edge clinical research takes over 15 years to be adopted by the medical community. To accelerate that knowledge translation and spur the growth of evidence-based medicine, dozens of rigorous system-wide clinical quality initiatives are explored by our committees of physician leaders. These Emergency Medical Quality Programs (EMQP), such as our Sepsis Protocol and VTE Initiative, are the result of years of collaboration and subject to lengthy tracking and observation. This focus affords us the opportunity to evaluate how a best practice is adopted, and to prove that what was shown to work in a clinical trial also works in general practice. These aims are accomplished through the provision of a framework for learning, sharing and collaborating on best practices, aligned incentives, integration into the medical record and robust data analytics. Collectively, IES facilities handle one million patient encounters annually. We use the wealth of data collected from these encounters to inform the development of best practices.
Our day-to-day efforts are complemented with academic initiatives, clinical integration forums and industry events. Through avenues such as our annual Quality Summit, we encourage exploration and sharing. Our leadership, academic partnership and philanthropic initiatives are designed to generate learning, research and the sharing of best practices at home and abroad.
Research & Implementation
Through knowledge translation research, stakeholders work together to implement policy-making and decision-making strategies that best meet the emergent health needs of their communities. While key differences exist between hospital and non-hospital stakeholders, a collaborative approach brings these users and creators of knowledge together through all stages of the research and clinical care cycles to produce findings that are more likely to be relevant to and applied by the end users.
Leveraging expertise in both clinical leadership strategy and knowledge translation, our ability to develop and implement evidence-based protocols is unparalleled. These protocols improve the speed/impact at which new clinical knowledge translates to improved health outcomes across the continuum of care. We strive to close the knowledge-to-practice gap by: setting a goal, identifying a best practice for maximizing healthcare value, establishing an infrastructure that measures the performance and compliance of evidence-based protocols, and utilizing reporting tools to develop, communicate, implement and analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of the new protocol on patient populations.
Our research and expertise in knowledge translation serves to guide policy- and decision-making in efforts to optimize the ideal capacities of system leadership and governance, healthcare financing, health workforce, medical products and technologies, information and research, and service delivery. With a data-driven, integrated approach to research, our solutions stand to accelerate the benefits of innovation in strengthening health systems and improving value-based healthcare delivery.