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Teaming Up to Improve Patient Care: Intermountain Healthcare and the GE Blueprint for Low Dose

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Intermountain Healthcare, recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement, is a Utah-based system of 22 nonprofit hospitals, 185 clinics and a Medical Group with some 900 employed physicians.

Intermountain Healthcare has joined GE Healthcare in continuing efforts to further reduce patients’ radiation dose in Computed Tomography (CT) imaging by up to 50 percent*. Leveraging the GE Blueprint for low dose, a program unveiled in mid-2012 in New York, GE Healthcare and Intermountain announced their ongoing commitment and efforts to improve patient care during an event at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Intermountain Healthcare, recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement, is a Utah-based system of 22 nonprofit hospitals, 185 clinics and a Medical Group with some 900 employed physicians.

“Ensuring high quality images at the lowest possible radiation dose is a priority in every diagnostic imaging procedure at Intermountain, including an emphasis on the specific needs of children in our care,” said Dr. Keith White, medical director of Imaging Services for Intermountain Healthcare. “Through our work with GE Healthcare, we continue to invest in the very latest solutions to optimize imaging, delivering the highest standards of care to all patients.”

Steve Gray, vice president and general manager of CT & Advantage Workstation for GE Healthcare, and Dr. Jeff Hersh, senior medical director for GE Healthcare, joined Dr. White to announce the program, which will include a special focus on reducing radiation during pediatric imaging procedures. Leveraging technologies and protocols to help doctors match body size and type to appropriate scans, Intermountain clinicians will continue to work to improve imaging for adults as well as the youngest patients in Intermountain’s care with support from GE Healthcare through its GE Blueprint for low dose program.

Through this program, GE Healthcare continues to work towards its healthymagination vision of improving the cost, quality and access of healthcare for patients around the world. The GE Blueprint for low dose builds upon GE Healthcare’s announcement last November of over $800 million in low dose technology investment over 15 years.

For more information on GE Blueprint, please visit www.gehealthcare.com/GEBlueprint. For more information about Intermountain, visit www.intermountainhealthcare.org

* GE Blueprint’s goal is to work with healthcare providers to reduce their average patient exposure by up to 50 percent, based on longitudinal tracking of average dose. The dose reduction goal is the result of a comprehensive program covering a full array of dose reduction principles. It is not solely based on equipment features. Individual site achievement will vary and any percentage reduction is dependent on the initial baseline for that site. In all cases diagnostic image quality must be maintained.