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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
  • Registries
  • Quality measures
  • Population health
  • Data mining
  • Clinical improvement
  • Workflow analysis
  • Modeling and predictive analytics


  • Configuration
  • 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 brings a rapid-rollout, results-based approach that has been tested and proven over years with many health systems.

Health 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.

  1. UNLOCK – your data will be integrated, catalogued, and secured in the Health Catalyst Late-Binding ™ data warehouse platform.
  2. PRIORITIZE – your data will show you the biggest opportunities.
  3. DISCOVER – your data will become self-service and will reach as many people as it should.
  4. 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 Health 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 a Key Process Analysis (KPA) 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 self-service analytics applications 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 high ROI improvement projects 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Client Examples

The following three quick examples demonstrate how the Catalyst system can work across a variety of health system types and sizes.

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Children’s Hospital (Texas Children’s Hospital)

Texas Children’s Hospital implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system in 2006 only to found out they couldn’t get the data out that they needed.  Myra Davis, CIO, was also frustrated that her IT department was quickly becoming a ‘report factory’.

Today, the Texas Children’s Hospital IT team uses an EDW for improving delivery of care and streamlining operations.  They create near real-time reports from data that was previously siloed within the EHR, enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications and other business systems. The average time it takes an analyst to build a report has declined from 97 hours for an EHR-generated report to 29.3 hours for a report generated via the EDW. And, average delivery time of reports has improved by 25 percent.

These improvements translate into significant cost savings. On average, each EDW report costs Texas Children’s 67 percent less to build than an EHR report. Given that the hospital was previously generating an estimated 1,300 EHR reports per year at an average cost of $4,832 per report, the savings are substantial.

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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

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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.

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Healthcare Industry Analyst Evaluations of Health Catalyst

The following reports have been created by independent healthcare industry analysts, providing a completely independent, neutral assessment of Health Catalyst.


In a report released by KLAS, in Healthcare Analytics: Making Sense of the Puzzle Pieces,  Health Catalyst received favorable score of 89.9 in the Data Warehouse category that also included Deloitte (Recombinant), Explorys, Healthcare Data Works, IBM, Information Builders, Microsoft, Oracle, Premier, SAP (Sybase), and Teradata.

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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. Click here to view the full report.



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 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


Typical Timelines

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

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