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Health Catalyst Powering Data-Driven Care Delivery

A huge data deluge surrounds the healthcare sector–from patient records, conditions, co-morbidities to changes in scientific flow. Amidst the transition to value-based care, it is of utmost importance for physicians to unlock the value from the data to provide the best and financially sustainable care. However, they do not have the necessary tools or resources to reach their goals. While deploying an EHR system is one of the necessary steps towards data-driven care delivery, it is not the answer to all the physician problems. Alongside an EHR system, care providers require a platform that provides an enterprise-wide and consistent view of data from multiple sources. Health Catalyst ticks the right boxes when it comes to bridging the path to value-based…

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8 Ways Doctors Can Address the Opioid Epidemic (Managed Healthcare Executive)


With addiction to opioids and other pain-relieving medications reaching record levels in the United States, at 2 million in 2015—according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, it’s important for providers to employ strategies to avert dependence. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids, the CDC reported. Here’s a look at what healthcare providers are doing to decrease dependence.

1. Pick a pain management quarterback

With the burden of coordination for pain care management following inpatient procedures such as orthopedic surgery typically falling on the surgeon, it’s…

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IDNs prefer Health Catalyst, Arcadia and Philips (Healthcare IT News)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Mike Milliard] While platforms from major EHR vendors are widely deployed, they only see average satisfaction ratings. Following its October report examining some of the core functionalities most widely in use by population health vendors, a new report from research firm KLAS offers more advanced insights on the specific performance of vendors. Among its findings, KLAS showed that integrated delivery networks and clinically integrated networks favor analytics capabilities of vendors such as Health Catalyst, Arcadia and Philips Wellcentive. Those three "are the most consistent in delivering satisfaction across multiple PHM verticals, specifically the data-focused verticals," according to KLAS. "Health Catalyst does well at developing new tools and working closely…

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KLAS: Users are lukewarm about population health tools from Epic, Cerner and other EHR vendors (MedCityNews)


A new report from KLAS highlights what healthcare professionals think of various population health management solutions. Let's just say Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks and Epic didn't have the greatest user satisfaction scores. A new KLAS report dives deeper into what healthcare professionals think of various population health management solutions.

To gather user feedback, KLAS held a 2016 meeting attended by leaders from provider organizations, payers, services firms and health IT vendors. In late 2017, the company took the gleaned information and published a report focused on the functionality of certain solutions. A second and more recently released report focuses on vendor performance. As it turns…

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Providers Go Deeper With Population Health, Weighing Social Factors (Healthcare Dive)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Les Masterson] The industry transition to value-based payments is leading to more population health management programs, but providers are finding it’s difficult when patients lack secure housing, access to food or a way to get to appointments. So many are now going beyond one buzz word, population health, and taking into account the role that another, social determinants of health, play in a person’s health. “Population health management efforts are most successful when they are tied to efforts to address social determinants of health issues, since the challenges that patients face around housing, food and transportation, for example, are completely tied to their ability to engage in the…

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Hospitals’ Investment In Data Analytics Company Reaps Benefits (Modern Healthcare)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Rachel Arndt] When UPMC wanted to commercialize its cost-management system, it turned to Health Catalyst, a company known for data warehousing.Not only would Health Catalyst create a commercial-grade version, but it would also be able to sell and market it, something UPMC couldn't easily do on its own.“They had the technology and data warehousing to create something for our own use that was much better than what we created ourselves,” said Rob DeMichiei, chief financial officer at the... View Full Article Here VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Diversity in the Workplace (byline) (Becker’s Hospital Review)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Dan Burton, Leslie Hough Falk, Linda Llewllyn] The business case for diversity, equity, and inclusivity in any organization, in any industry, is compelling; it’s backed by the personal stories we hear in our everyday lives and on the news—and it’s backed by data. Credible organizations (e.g., Gallup, Scientific American, and MIT) consistently publish studies that show how diversity improves financial outcomes, strengthens team member commitment, and increases creativity. Yet, despite the strong business case for inclusive workplaces, a lack of diversity continues to be a problem in almost every industry, and healthcare is no exception. Consider, for example, the lack of gender diversity in technology—one of the fastest growing sectors…

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Hospitals Invest in, Do Business with Health Catalyst (Modern Healthcare)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Rachel Arndt] When UPMC wanted to commercialize its cost-management system, it turned to Health Catalyst, a company known for data warehousing.Not only would Health Catalyst create a commercial-grade version, but it would also be able to sell and market it, something UPMC couldn't easily do on its own.“They had the technology and data warehousing to create something for our own use that was much better than what we created ourselves,” said Rob DeMichiei, chief financial officer at the UPMC health system, which also is an investor in the company.Not only would Health Catalyst create a commercial-grade version, but it would also be able to sell and market it, something…

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Defining a Path for Population Health Management Success (Health Management Technology)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Amy Flaster, Jonas Varnum] Population health management (PHM) has joined healthcare’s buzzword soup. Multiple definitions dominate the industry, confusing leaders on where to begin and what is important. However, organizations do agree that PHM is vital to their success—a 2017 Health Catalyst survey of 199 healthcare leaders found that nearly 94% said it is at least somewhat important to their healthcare delivery strategy during the next two years. Additionally, most are invested in using their PHM models to drive payment transformation in their organization—80% of organizations believe they will have at least 30% of their contracts incorporate at-risk payments over the next five years. With prevalent industry focus, organizations find…

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How Two Health Systems Use Predictive Analytics to Reduce Readmissions (Managed Healthcare Executive/Aine Cryts)


Reducing hospital readmissions requires just the right mix of clinical expertise and predictive analytics, according to industry experts. Here are two health systems that are hitting their stride.

1. Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System

James Hunter, MD, chief medical officer at Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, says the large healthcare system with hospitals, emergency departments, urgent care centers, and medical practices in North Carolina and South Carolina began its journey to reduce readmissions in 2010. At that time, it focused on providing the best care to patients in the acute-care setting.

About three years into that journey, it became clear that focusing…

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Health Catalyst Unveils AI Tool That ‘Borrows From Amazon and Netflix’ (Healthcare IT News)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Tom Sullivan] New Touchstone tool uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to pinpoint opportunities to improve from claims, CMS, EHRs, genomics and other datasets to make prioritized recommendations hospitals can use to improve. Health Catalyst introduced Touchstone at HIMSS18 and, in so doing, described it as a performance discovery, prioritization, benchmarking and recommendation tool. “Touchstone is built from the ground up on the latest AI and software from Silicon Valley,” said Dale Sanders, President of Technology, Health Catalyst. “Touchstone's recommendation engine, which borrows from Amazon and Netflix, gives you not just comparative benchmarks but recommendations to improve your performance against benchmarks." The technology includes risk models based on artificial…

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Governance Helps Allina Health Cut Its Backlog Says CIO at HIMSS18 (Health Data Management)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Joe Goedert] One of the requirements of a healthcare chief information officer is to have a good understanding of the strategic directions of the organization and good governance processes for handling new needs as they arise, says Jonathan Shoemaker, CIO at Allina Health in Minneapolis. He spoke during an interview at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas. Allina had a problem within the IT department and Shoemaker started looking for solutions. The department had a backlog of about 200 products and was taking an average of 125 days from a request to... View Full Article Here VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE

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HIMSS Conference Shows AI Making Headway in Health Care Industry (eWeek)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Scot Peterson] LAS VEGAS—Artificial intelligence and machine learning were everywhere here at the giant HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) 2018 Conference. It’s still early days for AI, but despite the industry's history of struggles adopting new technologies, AI is getting into real products and starting to deliver tangible results. Health care providers and insurance companies are adding machine learning to improve internal processes and doctor productivity, aid persons with disabilities and to find new treatments for disease. For instance, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, CIO Dr. John Halamka has several projects in the works, including using machine learning to automatically input text-based forms…

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Allina CIO on How Partnership with Health Catalyst & Aetna Help It Advance Analytics, Pop Health (Healthcare IT News)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Mike Milliard] Chief Information Officer Jonathan Shoemaker offers a glimpse inside the health system’s innovative arrangements. Allina Health is amid a unique and pioneering partnership with Health Catalyst and another with insurer Aetna to drive analytics and population health management initiatives. It's been three years, in fact, since the Minneapolis-based health system first announced a decade-long, $100 million-plus deal in which Allina – Health Catalyst's first customer – shared its own data warehousing and analytics tools, content and personnel with the Salt Lake City-based vendor, which in turn gives Allina full access to its technology to help drive system-wide process and outcomes improvements. Each year, the two organizations develop a…

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Extracting Meaning from Providers’ EHR Notes (Modern Healthcare)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Rachel Arndt] Hidden in plain sight in electronic health records lies information that could help improve outcomes and lower costs. But sifting through a ton of clinical data, often held in free-text notes, to find the useful nuggets is a slog, and providers and payers alike are already short on time.One way to get around that is outsourcing that analysis—not to another person, but to a computer. Instead of having a person sort through all the unstructured data in an EHR, Linguamatics has its machine learning, natural language processing platform do the work.The result is insight that can help... View Full Article Here

Mapping The Social Determinants Of Health (Modern Healthcare)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Virgil Dickson] At UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark., clinicians are prompted by their electronic health record system to ask patients personal questions about their home life and eating habits. Those inquiries over the past few years helped reduce the hospital's overall readmission rate to 10% from 13.8% before it began gathering data on social determinants of health—factors that are profoundly linked to overall health.The issue of... View Full Article Here VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE

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How a Single Source of Truth Database is Helping One Health System Drive Analytics Success (Healthcare IT News)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Bill Siwicki (interview via email w/Ray Pankuch at Health Quest)] Health Quest concluded it needed one database to help inform its approach to various clinical, financial and operational initiatives. Health Quest, a Hudson Valley-based health system comprising four hospitals and provider organizations, decided it needed a single source of truth database where it could send its staff for projects focused on achieving the Triple Aim. With some work, it was able to combine its homegrown enterprise data warehouse with another developed by vendor Health Catalyst. With that goal achieved, Health Quest is now seeing results. For example, Health Quest's pharmacy used to spend a great deal of time manually adjusting and…

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Health Catalyst Scoops Up HIE Company Medicity (MedCityNews)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Erin Dietsche] Health Catalyst, a data analytics business, has agreed to acquire Medicity, a health information exchange technology company, for an undisclosed amount. Both companies are based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The news was first reported by HIStalk. Medicity offers various interoperability, business intelligence and patient engagement solutions for health systems, physician practices and HIEs. In early 2011, health insurer Aetna bought it for $500 million. As for Health Catalyst, the company has data warehousing and process improvement products. Last year, it introduced its own data operating system, which brings together the elements of data warehousing,…

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Aetna Divests HIE Company It Bought For $500 Million (Becker’s Hospital Review)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Morgan Haefner] Aetna is selling its health information exchange vendor Medicity to Health Catalyst, according to a HIStalk post. Aetna confirmed the transaction with Becker's Hospital Review. An Aetna representative didn't disclose the price of the transaction. Aetna acquired Medicity for $500 million in 2011. "Based on the evolution of Aetna's consumer health strategy, we have agreed to divest Medicity to Health Catalyst. The transaction is expected to close within 90 days. We are not disclosing... View Full Article Here VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Health Catalyst’s Acquisition of Medicity Could Pay Quick Dividends (Health Data Management)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Joe Goedert] Data analytics vendor Health Catalyst’s pending acquisition of health information exchange vendor Medicity may in part be a transaction of convenience, but it also fulfills several strategic goals for the companies. That’s the belief of John Osberg, a mergers and acquisition specialist at the consulting firm Informed Partners. The companies are based in Salt Lake City, have operated over approximately the same period of time, know each other well, and some executives have worked at both... View Full Article Here VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE

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One CIOs View of Precision Medicine (Healthcare Informatics)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By David Raths] In a wide-ranging May 9 discussion with Health Catalyst Senior Vice President Eric Just, John Halamka, M.D., M.S., CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, delivered some strong opinions about the future of precision medicine and gave some concrete examples of transitions already under way at Beth Israel. For instance, Halamka spoke about how his organization is taking advantage of the Internet of Things and mobile devices to help create and track patient care plans. He discussed a blockchain pilot project Harvard is doing with M.I.T., and he noted that the move to precision medicine is proceeding at different paces in different regions of…

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Paving The Way For “Fee For Value” With Health Catalyst’s CEO Dan Burton (Harlow on Healthcare (HealthcareRadioNOW) podcast)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Dan Burton] I spoke with Dan Burton, CEO of Health Catalyst, about the range of his company’s work with health care systems when we met at HIMSS 2018. As he put it, Heath Catalyst provides three things: Data platforms to aggregate data from hundreds of sources, creating a single source of truth Applications to analyze data Expertise, so that when a client decides to work on projects that the data has led them to, the company can help them execute those projects The key point to remember when thinking about patient data is that the EHR, while it’s been the cornerstone, is just one of a multitude of data sources…

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Quality Data Is Essential For Doctors Concerned With Patient Engagement (byline) (Becker’s Hospital Review)

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE [By Ed Corbett] It might be a bit of a leap to associate quality data with improving the patient experience. But the pathway is apparent when you consider that physicians need data to track patient diagnoses, treatments, progress, and outcomes. Patient engagement—strategies that empower patients to be active in their own healthcare and motivate them to improve their personal health outcomes and reduce costs—is most effective when driven by the care team. While physicians and care teams can’t force patients to engage in their own care, giving physicians the information and tools they need to engage patients is a foundational step in the process. It’s data that empowers physicians and care…

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