Intermountain, Deloitte Forge Alliance Around Big Data and Analytics

Fri Mar 1, 2013 8:00am EST

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SALT LAKE CITY,  March 1, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- In a move that will help
accelerate the transformation of U.S. health care around evidence-based
medicine, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Intermountain Healthcare are announcing a 
landmark alliance  around big data and analytics.  



Drawing on Deloitte's leading-class professional services and informatics
capabilities and Intermountain's pioneering experiences in capturing and using
data to provide high-quality care at lower costs, the organizations have signed
a five-year deal to develop and provide health analytics insights to the medical

Leaders at both companies say the alliance will help the health-care industry
unlock the power of big data to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.  They
note that health care has arrived to a point in which vast reservoirs of
clinical data are collected, but the riddle is how to translate the information
into meaningful insights.

"Health care is on the verge of realizing significant gains from big data, but
it takes new tools and new approaches around collaboration to get there," said 
Jason Girzadas, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP.  "This alliance will work to
provide the health-care industry a destination center for the insights needed to
change health care."   

Marc Probst, chief information officer at Intermountain, said this development
"will help usher a new wave of innovation" throughout the nation's health
system.  The use of our technologies will allow clinicians and researchers to
more quickly discover practices that improve quality and keep costs lower. 
"Research studies that previously might have taken years to complete could be
conducted in just a few weeks instead," Probst said.

Intermountain has been using computers since the 1970s to amass one of the
world's largest and most detailed repositories of clinical and financial data
coming from its 22 hospitals and 185 clinics.  The information covers a 40-year
span, and because of its longitudinal nature with more than two trillion unique
medical data elements, it is particularly effective for medical studies and
analyzing optimal treatments for a variety of health conditions.   

Intermountain and Deloitte expect to engage other leading health systems that
also have robust, standardized data in creating a community of medical
researchers working with stakeholders across the health-care continuum.   Andrew
Vaz, Deloitte's chief innovation officer said, "We hope to accelerate the
development of what the Institute of Medicine refers to as a 'learning
health-care system.'   By bringing data-driven insights to organizations
managing care and developing the therapies of tomorrow, we hope to ignite
innovation and promote quality, safety and value in health care."

Among the other potential benefits, the alliance and ensuing consortium could
provide insights into which treatments work for certain patient populations. 
Insights could be gleaned and studies performed in a fraction of the time
required by conventional approaches, thus bringing the appropriate care to the
right patient more quickly.   

The alliance is noteworthy in that it joins the nation's largest health-care
consultancy with a pioneering U.S. health system.  Deloitte's life sciences and
healthcare practice encompasses 3,700 professionals and serves nine of the 10
largest health care systems, most of the 15 largest pharmaceutical manufacturers
as ranked by  Med Ad News, most of the top 10 medical device companies (ranked
by  Medical Product Outsourcing) and nine of the 10 largest biotechnology
companies (Med Ad News  ranking).

"In addition to Deloitte's capabilities, our organizations share a commitment to
the mission of transforming health care," said  Bert Zimmerli, chief financial
officer of Intermountain Healthcare.  "Together we will leverage our decades of
experience and work to revolutionize the way medical insights are discovered and
used to improve care."

Deloitte brings a deep repertoire of skills and resources in health strategy and
operations, including informatics services that help unearth the value embedded
within vast layers of data.  Among its contributions to the alliance will be
"data visualization software" that helps clients decipher patterns out of data. 

In collaborating with Deloitte, Intermountain will draw upon its renowned Homer
Warner Center for Informatics Research, which includes more than 70 health IT
professionals working on data analytics to support evidence-based clinical
decision making.  

About Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcare is a  Utah-based nonprofit system of 22 hospitals, 200
clinics, a Medical Group with some 1,100 employed physicians, a health plans
division called SelectHealth, and other health services. Intermountain is widely
recognized as a leader in transforming health care through high quality and
sustainable costs.  For more information about Intermountain, visit

About Deloitte's Life Sciences and Health-Care Practice

Deloitte's life sciences and health care practice brings fresh insight to
clients and industry stakeholders.  Deloitte offers a distinctive menu of
professional services delivered in an integrated approach that address all
segments of the health plan, health provider and life sciences industries. For
more information, visit

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Paul Dunker, Deloitte, +1-614-448-7628,; Daron Cowley,
Intermountain Healthcare, +1-801-442-2834,

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