What Does Health Catalyst Do?
Health Catalyst was founded by a team of healthcare veterans with deep domain expertise who led the transformation of care at health systems like Intermountain Healthcare and Northwestern University. That same team now believes the lessons learned in their previous experiences should be available to every healthcare system in the country.
These healthcare veterans pioneered a new data warehousing architecture that uses a just-in-time approach to data binding to resolve many of the problems they encountered using traditional data warehousing methodologies. The Health Catalyst data warehouse combines that architecture with a set of sophisticated analytic applications to enable our customers to realize measurable value within months of deploying our solutions. Today, Health Catalyst helps clinicians and technicians in about 100 hospitals across the nation improve care and cut costs.
The Health Catalyst Portfolio of Products and Services
The Health Catalyst product portfolio consists of a set of platform, application, and service offerings that have been developed to meet a wide range of healthcare needs. The Late-Binding™ Healthcare Data Warehousing Platform is the rapidly deployed data integration backbone of all of the Catalyst applications.
Three sets of Analytic Applications
- Foundational Applications encourage broad use of the data warehouse by presenting dashboards, reports, and basic registries across clinical and departmental areas.
- Discovery Applications allow users to discover patterns and trends within the data that inform prioritization, inspire new hypotheses, and define populations for management.
- Advanced Applications provide deep insights into evidence-based metrics that drive improvement in quality and cost reduction through managing populations, workflows, and patient injury prevention.
Two types of services
- Installation services include training and testing while we implement The Late-Binding™ Healthcare Data Warehousing Platform and all of our Foundational, Discovery, and Advanced Applications.
- Clinical services include training and guidance on prioritization, governance, and process improvement methodologies while implementing Advanced Applications.
The graphic below illustrates the types of components and capabilities contained within each of the Catalyst platform, application, and service offerings.
The Health Catalyst Platform, Applications, and Services
- Enterprise Data Warehouse “single source of truth”
- Library of data acquisition adapters
- Metadata engine
- Auditing and access control
- Supports a variety of analytic applications (Health Catalyst, Client developed, Third party)
- Reports & Dashboards
- Ad-hoc query
- Quality measures
- Population health
- Data mining
- Clinical improvement
- Workflow analysis
- Modeling and predictive analytics
- Data Architecture
- Project Management
- Clinical Improvement
- “Lean” Process Improvement
The Health Catalyst Rapid Results Approach
Health Catalyst provides much more than a set of technologies, applications, and tools for your analytic needs. Catalyst bring a rapid-rollout, results-based approach that has been tested and proven over years with many health systems.
Catalyst is committed to help you get meaningful results quickly. We measure our success by how quickly you achieve success in any of your clinical, operational, administrative, or research goals, and include trained technical and clinical resources as part of our solution to assist you in your implementation.
Four Steps to Analytic Success
We follow four basic steps to help you use your data to achieve meaningful results.
- UNLOCK – your data will be integrated, catalogued, and secured in the Catalyst Late-Binding ™ data warehouse platform.
- PRIORITIZE – your data will show you the biggest opportunities.
- DISCOVER – your data will become self-service and will reach as many people as it should.
- IGNITE CHANGE – your data will drive change, improve care, and in many cases reduce costs.
Step 1 – Unlock
Our first step is to help you unlock the potential of your data by loading critical sources of data into the Catalyst platform. This makes the data available within weeks for operational reporting and gaining key insights to existing patient populations
Step 2 – Prioritize
Our second step is to look for data to prioritize the opportunities. Catalyst has an analytics application that allows you to slice and dice data to hone in on high resource-consuming activities that represent the biggest opportunities for improvement.
Step 3 – Discover
Once you have decided on specific areas of focus, our third step is to help you discover the right patient populations. Once upon a time, patients were identified only by administrative codes. Now we provide a self-service analytics application that allows you to define populations using a variety of administrative and clinical criteria.
Step 4 – Ignite Change
Fourth, we help you assemble and lead an integrated team of clinicians and technical resources to select a high ROI improvement project within your prioritized area or patient population. We install one of our Advanced Application Modules based on your selected priority, and modify it based on your specific needs to provide the data and insight necessary to identify, measure, and implement the needed improvement.
During this last step, we guide the team through four checkpoints in achieving change.
- The AIM Statement
The team uses new insight from the data warehouse combined with best practices and metrics gathered from the health system and from the Catalyst Advanced Application to identify a target improvement goal. This goal is called an AIM statement and includes multiple analytic metrics to measure the current and future status.
- The Intervention
After careful clean up and analysis of the data, the team selects one or more measurable interventions mostly like to affect the desired AIM statement goal.
- The Rollout
The team puts together a recommended plan to roll out the intervention across the system, including how the success of the intervention will be measured in the data warehouse.
- The Results
After rolling out the intervention, the team begins to report on the results of the first AIM statement and intervention. Once this intervention is rolled out, the team continues to measure the progress of the intervention improvement over time and begins the process of identifying other AIM statements for future project improvement work.
Three Client Examples
The following three examples demonstrate how the Catalyst system can work across a variety of health system types and sizes
Large Health System (Providence Health and Services)
Providence Health and Services is a large health system in the Northwest. After their partnership with Swedish, they now have a total of 32 hospitals. The chief health intelligence officer of Providence originally retained a business intelligence consulting firm with extensive experience outside of healthcare to construct a traditional data warehouse, and staffed a large internal team to support the effort. After a year of work with minimal visible progress, he contacted Health Catalyst because he heard we could quickly extract data from Epic.
In a few months, the Catalyst team deployed the first phase of our solution, with a full data set extracted from Epic. Using the Catalyst tools, Providence was able to identify labor and delivery as a first area of high opportunity. The physicians were frustrated with their inability to measure their actual rate of c-sections, as they believed their rates were higher than they should be. A combined clinical and technical team quickly put in place a program to accurately measure c-sections followed by efforts to reduce unnecessary procedures.
Within months of implementing the Catalyst solution, Providence was for the first time able to see a true view of their normal and c-section deliveries and later began to see a reduction in the rate of c-sections. The chief intelligence officer then decided to stop the internally developed project, add additional data sources, roll out the Catalyst tools throughout the system, and select multiple incremental teams and projects for clinical improvement purposes.
Academic Medical Center
In the past five years, one well-respected academic medical center tried two different data warehousing initiatives. One attempt was from a commercial vendor while the other was an internally-developed solution. Both projects fell flat, leaving the CIO frustrated and uncertain of what to do next.
After meeting with Health Catalyst, she was keenly interested in moving forward. Knowing the clinical involvement in the project was crucial to success, she engaged the chief medical officer for support and collaboration. With this support, Catalyst helped this center use our late-binding ™ data warehouse platform and analytic tools to identify central line-associated blood stream infections as an area of focus.
A short time later, this institution had reduced their rate of infections by 5% while simultaneously streamlining their processes, enabling them to reduce and redeploy staffing in infection control. The initial projects at this academic medical center were so successful that the CEO asked for a plan that could scale up to as many as 50 more projects
Smaller Regional Hospital (North Memorial)
North Memorial Health Care operates two hospitals in Minneapolis. The chief medical officer struggled with rising costs and formidable regional competitors. He heard from a colleague that Health Catalyst helps hospitals reduce waste and improve quality.
Working with Catalyst, the CMO and his team selected Women and Newborns as the first department for a data-powered quality improvement process. Within six months, they had reduced elective deliveries before 39 weeks by 75%. In addition, they were able to secure a significant bonus payment from one of their payers for this effort.
Ideas for additional improvement projects flooded in from other clinical teams. Now they have dramatically increased the number of projects and teams working on clinical improvement and profitability enhancing projects throughout the system.
Three Healthcare Industry Analyst Evaluations of Health Catalyst
The following three reports have been created by three independent healthcare industry analysts, providing a completely independent, neutral assessment of Health Catalyst.
1. The first report, the Chilmark Health Catalyst Profile, is completely free assessment (no registration required) and is the most recent, up-to-date assessment of Health Catalyst, from the most comprehensive clinical analytics market overview yet done by any analyst. Rated at the top of the market and as the only vendor to receive an A- rating overall, this Health Catalyst assessment includes the following information
- Ratings for Health Catalyst in the product, marketing and services, and overall category
- The Three Top Differentiators
- Ratings for Product Innovation and Product Execution
- The 10 Specific Product Criteria Rankings
- The Top Three Most Used Health Catalyst Product Features
- The Ratings for Market Vision and Market Execution
- The 7 Specific Market and Service Criteria Rankings
This report comes from the ground-breaking industry assessment called the Chilmark 2013 Clinical Analytics for Population Health Market Trends report, and is the first of it’s kind, looking at all 14 key players in today’s healthcare IT market. It was one year in the making and can be purchased directly from Chilmark. Click here to view the table of contents of the full report.
2. The second report, the IDC Health Catalyst Perspective: A Fresh Approach and Architecture for Clinical Analytics, is also a completely free report (no registration required), detailing IDC’s assessment of Health Catalyst in some key areas including:
- The Health Catalyst approach to clinical data warehousing
- The Health Catalyst approach to clinical analytics
- Key Considerations and Essential Guidance for providers in selecting providers and making investments in clinical analytics
3. The third report, the Gartner Cool Vendors in Healthcare Providers, 2013, is also a completely free report (no registration required) that details 2013 vendors Gartner selected that offer innovative ways of responding to the “stress that arises from wholesale changes in healthcare systems”. In 2013, Health Catalyst was the only healthcare analytics vendor selected. In this report, Gartner identifies
- Why Health Catalyst is “cool” – the Health Catalyst approach, differentiators, practical data model, and heritage
- Health Catalyst challenges – including the challenges of being a young company, building and sustaining a track record, differentiating in a crowded market, and getting executive attention
From our many years of experience in data-driven care process improvement, Health Catalyst understands that a successful deployment must be achieved in a prioritized and incremental fashion. To ensure success, we offer a relationship that progresses our clients through four Achievement Levels. Typically, our clients achieve success at Level 1 within 6 months of project kickoff, at Level 2 within 9–12 months, and at Levels 3 and 4 within 18–36 months. This rapid progression from Level 1 onward illustrates the substantial immediate return on investment that our clients receive as a result of their relationship with Catalyst. Click here to see a detailed out line of our typical timelines and descriptions of our Achievement Levels