Intermountain Healthcare Selects OptiLink for Patient Acuity Solution

Advisory Board Company to provide acuity and workload measurement for leading health system

PR Newswire — August 24, 2010

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ — Intermountain Healthcare, one of the nation’s most progressive health systems in leveraging technology to improve care delivery, has chosen OptiLink? to enhance nursing productivity management across its health system. OptiLink is a software solution from The Advisory Board Company that captures patient acuity and determines staffing demand.

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The OptiLink solution will provide Intermountain with improved visibility into its nursing operations, enabling the 23-hospital system to staff more accurately through real-time, acuity-adjusted data.

“Intermountain Healthcare is committed to giving our bedside nurses a voice in our staffing,” said Nancy Nowak, vice president and chief nursing officer for Intermountain. “By better understanding the acuity of our patients and the needs of our staff, we can better serve our patients. OptiLink will help us do that. Further, its design and ease of use support our objective to spend more productive time with our patients and less on electronic entry.”

Intermountain has determined that with a system-wide acuity tool they can engage their workforce holistically to optimize patient care. Intermountain plans to leverage OptiLink’s extensive reporting and analytics to manage nursing workload at all levels of the organization – from an enterprise view of acuity and patient demand to individual nursing assignments on units.

“Working with a national cohort of more than 175 hospitals, the Advisory Board has identified best practices for optimizing skill mix, tracking unit census, establishing alerts for variances in care, and sharing performance data with staff,” said Martin Coulter, General Manager of The Advisory Board Company’s Business Intelligence and Software Solutions Division. “We look forward to combining our research and expertise with Intermountain Healthcare’s experience in the health care domain to drive the continued evolution of our products and services.”

For more information such as OptiLink success stories and a case study, please visit

About Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system based in Salt Lake City consisting of 23 hospitals, physicians, clinics & services, and health insurance plans. The largest healthcare provider in the Intermountain West, with more than 32,000 employees, it serves the healthcare needs of Utah and southeastern Idaho residents. Intermountain Healthcare is recognized worldwide for having advanced clinical computer systems that identify best practices to drive clinical quality and reduce cost and medical errors.

About OptiLink

OptiLink offers a fully integrated, web-based workforce management solution for the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems. The OptiLink platform incorporates acuity and workload measurement with staffing and scheduling for a comprehensive approach to productivity management, enabling both meaningful cost savings (especially through premium labor reductions) and improved staff satisfaction. Drawing on 15 years of experience in clinical workforce management, OptiLink’s easy-to-use tools deliver immediate and measureable return on investment. For more information, please visit

About the Advisory Board Company

The Advisory Board Company is a leading provider of comprehensive performance improvement services to the health care and education sectors — including operational best practices and insights, technology solutions, leadership development, and consulting and management support. Drawing on three decades of experience, The Advisory Board Company is privileged to serve a membership of nearly 3,000 organizations, all sharing a charter “above commerce,” a commitment to best-practice standards, and an unyielding insistence on continual improvement. For more information visit

Media Contacts: Daron Cowley Intermountain Healthcare 801.442.2836

Pete Simpkinson The Advisory Board Company 202.266.6645

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