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Larry Grandia

Mr. Grandia has served on Health Catalyst’s board of directors since fall 2011. He is an accomplished CIO veteran of the healthcare IT industry with more than 40 years of business and technology leadership experience. Until his retirement in 2007, Mr. Grandia was executive vice president and chief technology officer of Premier, Inc. Before joining Premier in 2000, Mr. Grandia was president and chief executive officer of DAOU Systems, Inc. Prior to DAOU, Mr. Grandia led IT functions for Intermountain Healthcare, Inc. for more than two decades. In addition to his executive positions, Mr. Grandia has served on the boards of PatientSafe Solutions, DAOU Systems, Inc., IDX Corporation and on advisory boards for 3M Healthcare Information Systems and the Center for Clinical Integration. He served as a founding board member of the following organizations: Microsoft Healthcare User Group (MSHUG), the National Alliance for Healthcare Information Technology (NAHIT), and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), of which he is a fellow. Grandia is also a fellow, life member, and past board member of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS), past president of Electronic Computing Health Oriented (ECHO), which served as IBM’s healthcare users group, and a past member of the Healthcare Information Systems Executive Association (HISEA).

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Larry Grandia

Healthcare Information Systems: A Look at the Past, Present, and Future

Healthcare information systems are integral to hospital operations and clinical care for patients. In the 1960s healthcare was driven by Medicare and Medicaid and HIT developed shared hospital accounting systems. In the 1970s communication between departments and individual transactional systems became important. DRGs drove healthcare in the 1980s and HIT needed to find ways to pull both clinical and financial data in order for reimbursements. The 1990s saw competition and consolidation drive technology to create IDN-like integration. In the 2000s outcomes-based reimbursement became the drive behind developing real-time clinical decision support. For the future, ACOs and value-based purchasing means that CIOs will need to implement data warehouses and analytics application to provide the insights to drive performance improvement necessary for hospital survival.

Larry Grandia

My Thanks to Healthcare IT Professionals ... Along with a Look Back and Forward

Healthcare automation isn’t a new concept … and for that author Larry Grandia, who’s been in the business for more than four decades, is grateful. “The industry has been on a breathtakingly expensive and time consuming sprint for the past decade or so automating essential operational information systems. Capping this technology effort with a foundation-based data strategy — an enterprise data warehouse, robust analytics and a sound data governance plan — holds the promise of a rich harvest from decades of significant IT investment and untold professional effort. My personal thanks to the many IT professionals and healthcare vendors and suppliers that have gotten the industry to this pivotal base camp. I firmly believe the peak is in sight!