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Sam McCutcheon

Sam joined Health Catalyst in February of 2015 as a Data Analyst. Prior to coming to Health Catalyst, he spent 4.5 years working for 3M as a Lab Research Physicist, which built upon the 4 years of internship experience he gained there while he pursued a degree in Applied Physics from UW-River Falls. Always looking for opportunities to learn and grow, he has more recently taken masters courses in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, and is excited by the promise of big data in healthcare.

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Achieve Data-Informed Healthcare in Eight Steps

Becoming a data-informed healthcare system starts with raw data and ends with meaningful change, driven by raw data. Health systems can follow an eight-step analytics ascension model to transform data into intelligence:

Population Identification and Stratification
Measurement
Data
Information
Knowledge
Insight
Wisdom
Action

Following the analytics ascension model allows improvement teams to avoid feeling overwhelmed, focus on each step, and see how each step fits into the overall objective, allowing health systems to maximize data.