Rapid Response Analytics Overview

Healthcare systems often experience unnecessarily long analytics time-to-value due to struggles hiring and training enough analysts, inconsistency in analytics results, and unsustainable analytics ROI. The Rapid Response Analytics Solution is an analytics infrastructure solution focused on reusable, curated, and consistent logic and algorithms built into the Health Catalyst Data Operating System (DOS™).

With a foundation of analytics infrastructure components, analysts don’t have to reinvent the wheel for commonly used data elements. Access to timely, accurate, and easy-to-use data is critical as healthcare systems face challenges that demand rapid insights for quick decision making. This solution scales analytics teams, reducing development time by up to 90% and increasing productivity up to 10x.

Rapid Response Analytics Components

DOS Marts™

Develop faster using curated, domain-focused data marts that integrate data from multiple sources, providing reusable, customizable logic and algorithms.


Web-based software application that collects custom sets of data for instant entry into DOS.

Population Builder™

Increase analyst effectiveness and reduce analytics development time by quickly defining custom populations for ad-hoc analytics, quality improvement, and research.

Leading Wisely

A decision-support tool for healthcare leaders with customizable visualizations to show current performance on critical measures identified by a health system, department, unit, or team.

Rapid Response Analytics Benefits & Features

Revitalize your analytics team.

Lift the heavy burden of repetitive SQL querying from your analysts to increase their effectiveness and help them work at the top of their license.

Scale analytics infrastructure and capacity.

Advanced analysts perform faster and better; entry-level analysts are more productive quickly.

Scale up a sustained ROI that compounds over time.

Reuse, don’t reinvent. Analysts can focus on creating value-add business analytics versus complex SQL across multiple data sources.

Increase effectiveness of data consumers (subject matter experts).

Ad-hoc analysis and data visualizations puts power in the hands of data consumers instead of relying on expensive and overwhelmed analysts.

Rapid Response Analytics Use Cases

  • An analytics team of 5 spends 90% of their time answering basic questions over and over (such as number of patients with a chronic condition diagnosis like diabetes, heart failure, COPD, etc.). They are unable to free their time to answer deeper clinical analytics questions to drive improvement initiatives (such as identifying patients at risk of a specific disease). By implementing Rapid Response Analytics, clinicians and other decision makers can access analytics directly using Population Builder and Leading Wisely—and the overall throughput of the analytics team increases by ten times.
  • A healthcare organization’s analyst and clinician work together to define populations and share insights with leadership. The analyst spends significant time repeating tasks like integrating data definitions and developing basic results. The clinician isn’t getting the information she needs quickly enough—resulting in missed opportunities to share results and trending with leadership. With Rapid Response Analytics, the analyst can immediately normalize commonly used data and make it available for rapid use in Population Builder and Leading Wisely. Using Population Builder, the clinician centrally defines and governs population definitions. She relies on Leading Wisely to share dashboards filtered by population to identify potential opportunities for improvement—anytime she needs to.