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Dan Burton

Dan Burton serves as CEO of Health Catalyst, a healthcare data warehousing and analytics company. He became involved with Health Catalyst when it was a three-person startup. Mr. Burton is also the co-founder of HB Ventures, the first outside equity holder in Health Catalyst. Prior to Health Catalyst and HB Ventures, Mr. Burton led the Corporate Strategy Group at Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU). He also spent eight years with Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) in strategy and marketing management roles. Before joining HP he was an associate consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised healthcare systems and technology companies. Mr. Burton holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was elected a George F. Baker Scholar, and a BS in economics, magna cum laude, from BYU.

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Diversity in the Workplace: A Principle-Driven Approach to Broadening the Talent Pool

Improving diversity and inclusivity in healthcare, and any industry, is more than just the right thing to do: it’s an intelligent business decision with impacts on productivity, sales, and innovation.
Organizations committed to addressing the lack of diversity and inclusivity in healthcare should start by thinking about the principles and values that underlie their cultures. At Health Catalyst, every diversity initiative is founded in one of the core principles that motivates our work and is embodied by every team member:


But turning the tide on monumental challenges, like closing the gender gap in technology (women hold less than 26 percent of U.S. technology jobs), requires more than a return to values; it requires initiatives, from equitable hiring practices to mentorship programs, that reflect an understanding of the diverse populations in the talent pool.

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How Clinical Analytics Will Improve the Cost and Quality of Healthcare Delivery

There’s never been a more critical time in the history of U.S. healthcare for providers to turn to clinical analytics to help them survive and thrive amidst healthcare reform. Clinical analytics can enable health systems with the following improvements as they shift from fee-for-service reimbursements to value-based purchasing: pinpoint waste reduction opportunities, identify specific margin improvement opportunities, systematically identify performance improvement opportunities, automate the tracking and reporting of quality measures, and understand the cost structure at a granular level. Clinical analytics can also help ACOs unlock the data from their EMR investment and provide real-time data for providers and payers to work together to provide value-based insurance design.

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The Key to ACO and Value-based Purchasing Success: Lowering Cost Structure

Health systems and large physician groups will need to focus on lowering their cost structures to survive in a value-based future. To succeed, systems must understand their cost structures on a granular level. Only at this detailed view can they identify variation, find the causes for it, and fix it. An enterprise data warehouse provides the platform for aggregating data from clinical and financial system into usable analytics.

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What Does a Data Warehouse Cost? How to Get a Return on Your Investment

CEOs and CIOs of health systems often ask me how much a healthcare enterprise data warehouse will cost them. As I delve into the topic with them, it becomes clear that what they are really concerned about is their return on investment. These executives are aware that many data warehousing projects require significant upfront investment but may not deliver a return for years, if ever. That feels very high risk to them—and to me as well. I’d like to share what I believe is the lowest-risk, most economical plan for investing in a healthcare enterprise data warehouse.

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How To Unlock the Analytic Value of Your EHR

“The EHR alone is not enough without a data platform that enables an
enterprise wide, consistent view of data from many sources. Since this
challenge seems to be pervasive, let me offer a perspective on some of
the most oft-repeated data questions posed by health system leaders.”

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Why An EMR Can’t Solve Your Most Important Healthcare Transformation Challenges

At no time in the history of U.S. healthcare has a flexible, scalable platform for delivering data-driven insights been more important than it is today. But EHRs alone don’t provide the intelligence that physicians, group practices, and hospitals need to significantly improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery. Learn what you can do to harness all of the data you’re collecting to make real change.