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Healthcare leaders also expressed strong faith in the future promise of population health management (PHM), despite continuing uncertainty over the fate of the federal healthcare program under the Trump administration, according to a July survey of US healthcare executives by Health Catalyst. Sixty-eight percent of healthcare executives surveyed report that PHM is "very important" to their healthcare delivery strategy during the next two years, while fewer than 3 percent assign it no importance at all. Those responses from 199 executives within hospitals, health systems, physician groups and insurance companies from across the country indicate widespread agreement that the underlying factors driving PHM growth, such as the move to value-based care, will persist no matter what happens with the Affordable Care Act. Value-based care policies, which reward doctors and hospitals for patients' health outcomes rather than for each service they provide, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Population health management, a key enabler of value-based care, equips providers to monitor and improve the health of large groups of patients such as those with a particular chronic disease or combination of disease states. The survey results are the first to reveal the impact of the current political unrest on healthcare organizations' willingness to commit to a long-term PHM strategy. The results coincide with recent studies showing growth in the use of PHM technologies, including a July 2017 study from Signify Research that predicted the number of lives managed by PHM solutions in the US and Canada will rise to 245 million in 2021, up more than 80 percent from 135 million lives in 2016. 82 percent of respondents on course: 4 percent accelerating PHM plans Eighty-two percent of survey takers indicated they are continuing with their PHM strategy in spite of uncertainty over the future of ACA. Four percent of respondents said their organizations were actually accelerating their PHM plans. When asked to clarify why they were accelerating their plans, survey takers generally mirrored the answer of a physician leader at a large multispecialty physician group near Boston, who wrote, "Accelerating your PHM strategy has never been more important given uncertainty and expanding hurdles to achieving quality care and outcomes." Another 4 percent of respondents answered that they were "pausing" their PHM plans in response to the current political situation.  10 percent of survey takers said they were undecided on the question. Fewer organizations than expected taking on risk-based contracts While enthusiasm for population health management remains high, relatively few organizations have taken on PHM contracts with payers that put them at risk of a financial loss if they fail to meet goals such as improving the health of their patient population. When asked how soon they expect to have more than 30 percent of their patient population covered by such risk-based contracts, most survey takers (37%) said achieving that level of risk would take between 3 and 5 years.  The next largest group put the date within the next 1 to 2 years. Fourteen percent estimated it would take 6-10 years. Only 13 percent of respondents—the smallest share for this survey question—said their organizations have already achieved the threshold of having 30 percent of their patients covered by contracts with downside risk. Top barriers to PHM success: Financial and data issues The survey revealed that the most common impediment to starting a PHM program or succeeding with an existing program is "financial issues" such as "getting paid for our efforts" and "balancing competing contract incentives."  That answer, selected by 37 percent of survey takers, reflects the pressures that healthcare organizations face as they attempt to operate under the dominant fee-for-service reimbursement model while simultaneously transitioning to value-based care. The next most significant impediment to starting or realizing success from PHM, according to the survey, is access to high-quality data and analytics (17%). Data access also figured into the fifth most commonly selected barrier to PHM, "risk evaluation issues" (9%), including "access to the right data useful to evaluate at-risk contracts." Healthcare experts have identified several sources of data that are critical for success with PHM, including insurance claims data; electronic health record (EHR) clinical data; socioeconomic data about the social determinants of health; patient-generated health data; and data on prescription medication adherence. Most healthcare organizations lack electronic access and integration of these data sources, which must be collected from payers, hospitals, primary care providers, specialists, pharmacies, public health organizations, and patients themselves. Additional barriers: Care models, leadership and governance Other impediments to PHM success identified by the survey were "care model issues" (16%), such as getting buy-in for change and driving meaningful improvements once changes are made; and "leadership and governance issues" (12%), including lack of a cohesive strategy, prioritization and accountability. "The big picture takeaway from this survey is that healthcare executives view the move to value-based care as inevitable, regardless of the current political situation, and population health management is seen as critical to their success in transitioning to the new reimbursement structure," said Marie Dunn, MPH, vice president of population health strategy for Health Catalyst. "Despite the momentum, basic competencies related to data aggregation and analysis are still a barrier. Organizations in the pilot phase need to ensure that their investments are not just one-off efforts, but helping them to build a foundation for a broad base of future efforts." Amy Flaster, MD, MBA, vice president of population health management and care management for Health Catalyst, added, "The bottom line is, providers see population health management as something they need to do and that they want to do to provide better care for patients, but they are struggling with the economics of operating in both the fee-for-service and value-based care worlds – having one foot in each canoe." Methods Survey results reflect the opinions of 199 healthcare executives who responded to an online survey in June and July, 2017. Respondents included CEOs, chief information officers, chief financial officers, and chief medical or nursing officers, as well as a variety of other executive leadership roles. They work for organizations ranging from some of the nation's largest integrated delivery systems to national health insurers and independent physician practices. About Health Catalyst Health Catalyst is a next-generation data, analytics, and decision-support company committed to being a catalyst for massive, sustained improvements in healthcare outcomes. We are the leaders in a new era of advanced predictive analytics for population health and value-based care with a suite of machine learning-driven solutions, decades of outcomes-improvement expertise, and an unparalleled ability to integrate data from across the healthcare ecosystem. Our proven data warehousing and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 85 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. Health Catalyst's technology and professional services help to keep patients engaged and healthy in their homes and workplaces, and to optimize their care when it becomes necessary. We are grateful to be recognized by Fortune, Gallup, Glassdoor, Modern Healthcare and a host of others as a "Best Place to Work" in technology and healthcare. Visit www.healthcatalyst.com, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.


The Inc. list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies that have created exceptional workplaces through meaningful cultures, strong employee engagement, and coveted benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just over 200 winning companies. "We are honored to be recognized as one of the best workplaces in America by Inc.," said Health Catalyst CEO Dan Burton. "Our mission of enabling massive healthcare improvements through the use of data and analytics is one that attracts smart, hardworking and humble people.  There's nothing more engaging than seeing firsthand how your work is helping more people get better medical care, while improving the efficiency of great teams of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals." The Inc. honor is one of 26 regional and national "best workplace" awards earned by Health Catalyst, including awards from Gallup, Glassdoor, Fortune, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Modern Healthcare, and the Salt Lake Tribune. The 2017 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees' responses to a 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. To qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes: "By introducing an employee survey into this year's Best Workplaces selection process, we've really raised the bar," said Eric Schurenberg, Inc.'s President and Editor In Chief. "Companies that don't score at the very top of their peer group don't make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that's not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves." Health Catalyst has multiple job openings across all locations. Interested candidates can see available positions and submit applications at www.healthcatalyst.com/job-openings. About Health Catalyst Health Catalyst is a next-generation data, analytics, and decision-support company, committed to being a catalyst for massive, sustained improvements in healthcare outcomes. We are the leaders in a new era of advanced predictive analytics for population health and value-based care with a suite of machine learning-driven solutions, decades of outcomes-improvement expertise, and an unparalleled ability to integrate data from across the healthcare ecosystem. Our proven data warehousing and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 85 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. Our technology and professional services can help you keep patients engaged and healthy in their homes and workplaces, and we can help you optimize care delivery to those patients when it becomes necessary. We are grateful to be recognized by Fortune, Gallup, Glassdoor, Modern Healthcare and a host of others as a Best Place to Work in technology and healthcare. Visit www.healthcatalyst.com, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/health-catalyst-named-no-4-best-large-workplace-in-inc-magazines-best-workplaces-2017-300467494.html


News Article | June 21, 2017
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Burton ranked No. 9 among the CEOs of 445,000 SMB companies surveyed by Glassdoor, earning a 98% percent approval rating from Health Catalyst employees.  Winners are determined based entirely on anonymous employee feedback shared on Glassdoor.com over the past year. "CEOs tell us the Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award is one of the highest honors they can receive because it truly reflects employee opinion about the job they do every day. I congratulate all of the winners on this significant honor," said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor co-founder and CEO. "We know that CEO approval ratings correlate to overall employee satisfaction and trust in senior leadership, which contributes to long-term employee engagement, ultimately helping an employer's recruiting and retention efforts." When employees about their company on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate various factors about their employment experience, including their overall satisfaction and other workplace attributes like senior management. As part of these ratings, employees are also asked to rate whether they approve, disapprove or are neutral about the job their CEO is doing. Among the 700,000 companies reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 67 percent. See the complete list of all Highest Rated CEOs in 2017 in the U.S. SMB category: In addition to Burton's CEO ranking, Health Catalyst has also earned the  recognizing the "Best Places to Work" in the nation, in each of the last two years. Health Catalyst was the only company to place among the list's top 25 companies for both 2016 and 2017. About Health Catalyst Health Catalyst is a next-generation data, analytics, and decision support company committed to being a catalyst for massive, sustained improvements in healthcare outcomes. We are the leaders in a new era of advanced predictive analytics for population health and value-based care with a suite of machine learning-driven solutions, decades of outcomes-improvement expertise, and an unparalleled ability to integrate data from across the healthcare ecosystem. Our proven data warehousing and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 85 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. Health Catalyst's technology and professional services help to keep patients engaged and healthy in their homes and workplaces, and to optimize their care when it becomes necessary. We are grateful to be recognized by Fortune, Gallup, Glassdoor, Modern Healthcare and a host of others as a "Best Place to Work" in technology and healthcare. Visit www.healthcatalyst.com, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. About Glassdoor is one of the largest and fastest growing job sites in the world today. Set apart by the tens of millions of reviews and insights provided by employees and candidates, Glassdoor combines all the jobs with this valuable data to make it easy for people to find a job that is uniquely right for them. As a result, Glassdoor helps employers hire truly informed candidates at scale through effective recruiting solutions like and products. Launched in 2008, Glassdoor now has reviews and insights for approximately 700,000 companies in more than 190 countries. For labor market trends and analysis, visit . For company news and career advice and tips, visit the and for employer-related news and insights to help employers hire, visit the . Visit Glassdoor.com or download our apps on and platforms. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/glassdoor-ranks-health-catalyst-ceo-dan-burton-a-top-10-us-ceo-for-2017-300477279.html


In his seven years as CFO at Allina Health, Gallagher was instrumental in establishing the health system as a national leader in shifting the healthcare payment model from fee-for-service to one based on value and care quality.  In the process, Allina demonstrated that the shift not only is better for patients, but can be financially viable for health care systems. "I am thrilled to be joining the board of Health Catalyst, a company that I regard as a trendsetter in enabling the shift to a more sustainable, effective and affordable healthcare system," said Gallagher. "In my time at Allina, we made significant progress with care outcomes improvement and cost savings thanks in part to our unique relationship with Health Catalyst. I look forward to working with the company's leaders to share that experience and help other health systems execute on the historic opportunity to transform healthcare." Allina Health signed a landmark $108 million 10-year shared-risk agreement with Health Catalyst in 2015, creating a national model for the use of data in improving quality and lowering the cost of patient care. Gallagher played a central role in pioneering the outsourcing of Allina's entire analytics department to Health Catalyst while tying the company's profit from the agreement to its delivery of measureable cost savings. "We are thrilled that Duncan accepted our invitation to join the board," said Dan Burton, Chief Executive Officer of Health Catalyst. "He is one of the most capable, forward thinking CFOs in healthcare today, and he shares our view that values—trustworthiness, integrity, fairness, reliability, predictability and stewardship—are more critical than technical knowledge.  We are honored that he has agreed to share his experience and insights by participating on our Board of Directors." Before Allina Health, Gallagher spent 10 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating/Financial Officer with Des Moines-based UnityPoint Health, a $4.1 billion not-for-profit healthcare system which owns 21 hospitals and manages several others under contract. Before that, Gallagher was a partner at Big Four accounting firm KPMG. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota, and Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. The Health Catalyst Board of Directors now includes the following members in addition to Gallagher and Burton: Board Chairman Fraser Bullock, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor at Sorenson Capital; Michael Dixon, a partner in Sequoia Capital; Promod Haque, Senior Managing Partner of Norwest Venture Partners; Todd Cozzens, Managing Director of Leerink Capital; John A. Kane, former Chief Financial Officer of IDX Systems (now GE Healthcare); Anita Pramoda, CEO and founder of Owned Outcomes; and Dr. Penny Wheeler, President and CEO of Allina Health. About Health Catalyst Health Catalyst is a next-generation data, analytics, and decision support company committed to being a catalyst for massive, sustained improvements in healthcare outcomes. We are the leaders in a new era of advanced predictive analytics for population health and value-based care with a suite of machine learning-driven solutions, decades of outcomes-improvement expertise, and an unparalleled ability to integrate data from across the healthcare ecosystem. Our proven data warehousing and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 85 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. Health Catalyst's technology and professional services help to keep patients engaged and healthy in their homes and workplaces, and to optimize their care when it becomes necessary. We are grateful to be recognized by Fortune, Gallup, Glassdoor, Modern Healthcare and a host of others as a "Best Place to Work" in technology and healthcare. Visit www.healthcatalyst.com, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/health-catalyst-appoints-visionary-healthcare-cfo-duncan-gallagher-to-board-of-directors-300474441.html


"The cumulative maturity of the U.S. analytics market will be streamlined by timely intervention from CMS which strongly advocates the need to measure and benchmark patient outcomes through information technology (IT)," said Digital Health Industry Analyst Koustav Chatterjee. "This year, the healthcare market is likely to accelerate the adoption of best-in-class analytics solutions, mainly for quality reporting which is an integral component of value-based care and population health management (PHM)." US Healthcare Data Analytics Market, Forecast to 2020, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Digital Health Growth Partnership Service program, defines best practices in terms of design, deployment and governance of clinical, financial, and operational data analytics solutions by payers and providers in the U.S. To receive Frost & Sullivan's latest infographic on healthcare data analytics market and to talk to us, please click here. U.S. healthcare data analytics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.0 percent through 2020. The key driver for growth will be the steady expansion of analytics beyond population risk assessment and quality reporting to other major opportunity areas, such as precision medicine, clinical surveillance, administrative automation, revenue cycle management, supply chain optimization and clinical asset utilization. "A significant challenge in the market is the low interoperability between Incumbent and emerging IT solutions, which restricts the effective sourcing, harmonizing and normalizing of disparate patient data at an enterprise level," observed Chatterjee. "Large health systems, embracing value-based care across different departments, are compelled to utilize multiple analytics partners for comprehensive patient data analysis and visualization. This challenge requires the entry of next-generation health data analytics solutions that connect those siloed departments and remain highly scalable," he added. While the need for both platform-based offerings (built in with PHM, EHR-electronic health records, RCM-revenue cycle management and CDSS-clinical decision support systems) and modular analytics solutions will intensify, vendor selection will remain tedious since the U.S. healthcare analytics market is highly fragmented. "Participants must clearly communicate the cumulative benefits of analytics deployment on enterprise cost, quality and outcomes across all levels and to all potential users in order to penetrate or thrive in the market," he explained. Major market participants include Health Catalyst, IBM Watson Health, Cerner, athenahealth, Arcadia, Medicity, Tableau, ZeOmega, and SCIO Health Analytics which are leveraging predictive analytics to support visionary innovations in precision care. "Care providers will be most receptive to use healthcare data analytics to identify, assess and benchmark cost trends by payer, patient and physician mix, whereas payers are likely to opt for these solutions to identify quality-adjusted and evidence-based target prices for every episode of care," noted Chatterjee. "On the vendor side, specialty-specific solutions will gain prominence among providers striving to benchmark chronic conditions at a population level. Both traditional and non-traditional players will continue to identify, assess, and collaborate with ecosystem partners to cater to the evolving market needs." For more information or to schedule an interview with our analysts please contact Mariana Fernandez, Corporate Communications at mariana.fernandez@frost.com. About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?


To help, Health Catalyst®, a leader in data analytics, decision support and outcomes improvement, today announced the release of the CORUS™ Suite a breakthrough in cost management technology. The CORUS (Clinical Operations Resource Utilization System) Suite enables CFOs, physician and service line leaders, and clinical and financial analysts, for the first time, to deeply understand the true cost of providing care across the continuum, and to relate those costs to patient outcomes. "Never in the history of US healthcare has accurate cost accounting been more important than it is right now, and that importance will only grow in the coming months and years, as operating margins continue to be squeezed," said Dale Sanders, executive vice president of product development for Health Catalyst. "Our CORUS Suite changes that equation by giving health systems the first complete picture of what it costs to provide care, down to the granular level of how many minutes a nurse spent in the operating room during a surgery, or the financial and clinical outcomes of one surgeon's procedures compared against all others." The CORUS Suite is a next-generation cost management system whose significant improvements over current systems include: Deep experience in costing and analytics More than a new market entrant, the CORUS Suite incorporates costing best practices developed over many years by recognized leaders in healthcare cost management, including UPMC, a $14 billion integrated healthcare delivery and insurance system that includes more than 25 hospitals and 600 doctors' offices and outpatient sites. The CORUS Suite also benefits from Health Catalyst's market-leading technology and services, recognized in 2017 as "Best in KLAS for healthcare business intelligence and analytics," and proven to advance clinical and financial outcomes for more than 400 hospitals and 4,000 clinics nationwide. "The only way to be successful in the new world of value-based healthcare and population health is to understand your true costs and manage them," said Robert A. DeMichiei, executive vice president and chief financial officer of UPMC, which is also an investor in Health Catalyst. "To get there, we need access to massive amounts of data from across the care continuum to identify all of the resources used in delivering patient care. The CORUS Suite's ability to integrate patient-level activity data from the EHR and virtually every other source of clinical, operational and financial data, and to deliver near real-time insights based on that data, makes it a true game-changer." Activity-based costing plus real-time insights The CORUS Suite is composed of two integrated products: Health Catalyst supports the CORUS Suite with professional services from veteran healthcare consultants who have financial, clinical, and operational experience, and have worked with community, academic, and large, integrated healthcare systems to drive outcomes improvements. Old approaches to cost management miss the mark Unlike the CORUS Suite, many of today's cost management systems rely on both outdated technology and antiquated costing methodologies. Their use of charge codes, RVUs (relative value units), and other limited measures of cost produce an incomplete financial picture, leaving gaping holes in knowledge that threaten an organization's financial sustainability. Those systems that claim to support activity-based costing mostly lack access to the rich patient-level activity data, costing best practices, and automated data quality and cost validation algorithms that are needed to truly implement activity-based costing. The CORUS Suite's unparalleled integration of data solves both of these problems and incorporates all three of the key elements required for true insight into costs: data from multiple enterprise systems, deep services, and robust technology. Common headaches relieved The exceptional cost management capabilities of the CORUS Suite have the power to solve extremely common problems for healthcare leaders across the C-Suite and at the department level.  Some commonplace scenarios include: Explore CORUS Cost Management Suite in Live Webinar, June 21 Join the Health Catalyst product development team for a live CORUS Suite webinar on Wednesday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Attendees will view a live demo and participate in a live question and answer session.  Register for the webinar here. Case Studies and Product Information Available for Download Data sheets detailing the CORUS Suite's features and benefits are available: Case studies of the CORUS Suite's impact at UPMC are also available for downloading: About Health Catalyst Health Catalyst is a next-generation data, analytics, and decision-support company, committed to being a catalyst for massive, sustained improvements in healthcare outcomes. We are the leaders in a new era of advanced predictive analytics for population health and value-based care with a suite of machine learning-driven solutions, decades of outcomes-improvement expertise, and an unparalleled ability to integrate data from across the healthcare ecosystem. Our proven data warehousing and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 85 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. Our technology and professional services can help you keep patients engaged and healthy in their homes and workplaces, and we can help you optimize care delivery to those patients when it becomes necessary. We are grateful to be recognized by Fortune, Gallup, Glassdoor, Modern Healthcare and a host of others as a Best Place to Work in technology and healthcare. Visit www.healthcatalyst.com, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/health-catalyst-introduces-next-generation-cost-management-suite-to-help-hospitals-thrive-amid-unprecedented-market-disruption-300476325.html


News Article | June 9, 2017
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Previously, Denna was chief information officer (CIO) of the University of Utah and the Utah System of Higher Education, and the co-chair of the board of directors for the Utah Education Network. He was also vice president and the first CIO of Brigham Young University for nearly six years, after serving earlier in his career as a professor in BYU's Marriott School of Management. Denna also served for four years as CIO of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a multi-national organization with over 15 million members worldwide. "Eric is one of the most gifted enterprise IT strategists and change leaders that it has been my privilege to know," said Tom Burton, executive vice president and co-founder of Health Catalyst. "He was my mentor when I attended BYU's Marriott School of Management and since then I've come to know him as one of the world's leading minds when it comes to complex IT strategy and overall process improvement leveraging technology. A highly experienced CIO, he's also an outstanding strategic advisor, mentor and leader with the ability to create vision and motivate large organizations to achieve it. We are thrilled that he has agreed to join our leadership team, where his expertise will be invaluable in helping the company execute on its mission to unleash data as the catalyst for massive, sustained improvement in healthcare outcomes." Denna will work directly with Health Catalyst client CIOs across the country to help them design strategies to consolidate point-solution analytics, increase the efficiency of information delivery, and accelerate improvement by leveraging the Health Catalyst Analytics Platform and library of advanced analytic tools. His knowledge of the education industry will be especially valuable to Health Catalyst's Academic Medical Center clients as they strive to fulfill their research mission. "I'm excited to work with the team at Health Catalyst," said Denna. "I've known Tom Burton for years and I've always respected and admired the vision that he and the rest of the leadership team have for massively improving healthcare through better technology. I look forward to helping align that vision with the needs of academic institutions across the country." At the University of Maryland, Denna's team implemented new security enhancements, launched a new website and service portal to expedite the resolution of IT issues, led the migration to Google Apps for Education to support university-wide collaboration, implemented a new research administration system, and established a campus-wide IT governance structure. His numerous other roles include chief operating officer of The RBL Group, a global professional services firm; CIO of the Times Mirror Higher Education Group; and information systems research roles at IBM and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Denna is a longtime volunteer advisor and board member to businesses and educational entities including Educause, Knod, Kuali Foundation, Lucid Chart, AboveTraining, Flatworld Knowledge, and the Utah Education Network. Denna holds a master's degree in information systems from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Michigan State University. About Health Catalyst Health Catalyst is a next-generation data, analytics, and decision-support company, committed to being a catalyst for massive, sustained improvements in healthcare outcomes. We are the leaders in a new era of advanced predictive analytics for population health and value-based care with a suite of machine learning-driven solutions, decades of outcomes-improvement expertise, and an unparalleled ability to integrate data from across the healthcare ecosystem. Our proven data warehousing and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 85 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. Our technology and professional services can help you keep patients engaged and healthy in their homes and workplaces, and we can help you optimize care delivery to those patients when it becomes necessary. We are grateful to be recognized by Fortune, Gallup, Glassdoor, Modern Healthcare and a host of others as a Best Place to Work in technology and healthcare. Visit www.healthcatalyst.com, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. For more information contact: Todd Stein Amendola Communications for Health Catalyst 916.346.4213 tstein@acmarketingpr.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/university-of-maryland-cio-joins-health-catalyst-as-senior-vice-president-300471471.html


Careful design, implementation and governance of value-based analytics crucial to unlock more growth opportunities, finds Frost & Sullivan's Transformational Health team SANTA CLARA, California, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare analytics is widely considered as a key enabler of value-based care. Robust usage of this technology allows health systems to practice data-driven decision making, which improves operational efficiencies, eliminates preventable costs, and streamlines clinical effectiveness. Currently, analytics adoption among the United States (U.S.) healthcare payers and providers is not consistent; some health systems might utilize advanced enterprise data processing architecture to derive patient-specific insight for every episode of care, whereas others still rely on basic reporting capabilities of legacy business intelligence (BI) tools. As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) compels more health systems to attribute higher net revenue to patient outcomes, analytics investment tied to population health management (PHM) will be a priority over the next five years. "The cumulative maturity of the U.S. analytics market will be streamlined by timely intervention from CMS which strongly advocates the need to measure and benchmark patient outcomes through information technology (IT)," said Digital Health Industry Analyst Koustav Chatterjee. "This year, the healthcare market is likely to accelerate the adoption of best-in-class analytics solutions, mainly for quality reporting which is an integral component of value-based care and population health management (PHM)." US Healthcare Data Analytics Market, Forecast to 2020, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Digital Health Growth Partnership Service program, defines best practices in terms of design, deployment and governance of clinical, financial, and operational data analytics solutions by payers and providers in the U.S. To receive Frost & Sullivan's latest infographic on healthcare data analytics market and to talk to us, please click here. U.S. healthcare data analytics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.0 percent through 2020. The key driver for growth will be the steady expansion of analytics beyond population risk assessment and quality reporting to other major opportunity areas, such as precision medicine, clinical surveillance, administrative automation, revenue cycle management, supply chain optimization and clinical asset utilization. "A significant challenge in the market is the low interoperability between Incumbent and emerging IT solutions, which restricts the effective sourcing, harmonizing and normalizing of disparate patient data at an enterprise level," observed Chatterjee. "Large health systems, embracing value-based care across different departments, are compelled to utilize multiple analytics partners for comprehensive patient data analysis and visualization. This challenge requires the entry of next-generation health data analytics solutions that connect those siloed departments and remain highly scalable," he added. While the need for both platform-based offerings (built in with PHM, EHR-electronic health records, RCM-revenue cycle management and CDSS-clinical decision support systems) and modular analytics solutions will intensify, vendor selection will remain tedious since the U.S. healthcare analytics market is highly fragmented. "Participants must clearly communicate the cumulative benefits of analytics deployment on enterprise cost, quality and outcomes across all levels and to all potential users in order to penetrate or thrive in the market," he explained. Major market participants include Health Catalyst, IBM Watson Health, Cerner, athenahealth, Arcadia, Medicity, Tableau, ZeOmega, and SCIO Health Analytics which are leveraging predictive analytics to support visionary innovations in precision care. "Care providers will be most receptive to use healthcare data analytics to identify, assess and benchmark cost trends by payer, patient and physician mix, whereas payers are likely to opt for these solutions to identify quality-adjusted and evidence-based target prices for every episode of care," noted Chatterjee. "On the vendor side, specialty-specific solutions will gain prominence among providers striving to benchmark chronic conditions at a population level. Both traditional and non-traditional players will continue to identify, assess, and collaborate with ecosystem partners to cater to the evolving market needs." For more information or to schedule an interview with our analysts please contact Mariana Fernandez, Corporate Communications at mariana.fernandez@frost.com. About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?


MACRA replaces the outdated sustainable growth rate formula in the transition from fee for service reimbursement. Black Book Research crowdsource-surveyed 8,845 physician practices from February through April 2017. 1.       The Market for MIPS Compliance Technology is Booming 77% of physician practices with 3 or more clinicians seek to buy Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Compliance Technology Solutions by Q4. “Given the magnitude of the changes, the hunt is on for the best MIPS incentive enablement resources,” said Doug Brown, Managing Partner of the survey organization Black Book Research. However, 92% of respondents were not aware of any branded technologies from vendors that support all MIPS registry measures for 2017 reporting besides their EHR. 89% said the primary reason for acquiring MIPS support software was not quality measurement, but because they can’t decipher their MACRA earning potential. “Finding one stop solutions shop for MIPS support is becoming easier with quality measure monitoring dashboards and enterprise analytics vendors,” said Brown. SPH Analytics scored highest in the survey of current MACRA supportive technologies in the Black Book poll of provider organizations currently collecting 2017 data sets. MIPS support technology users also identified Viewics, IBM Watson Health, Caradigm, Health Catalyst, SA Ignite, Care Cloud, Optum, Mingle Analytics, Equation Health (nThrive), Meridian Precision BI, Modernizing Medicine, DocsInk, Medeanalytics, Ingenious Med, Lightbeam, MIPSWizard and XCare in the survey process. 83% of users of the top 8 EHR systems are upgrading or optimizing their systems for MIPS compliance. EHRs can be a practice’s strongest asset in collecting and submitting data. However, 72% of practices surveyed using EHR products not considered in the top 8 largest systems (Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, NextGen, athenahealth, Practice Fusion, and GE Healthcare) stated they were not working with their vendor to ensure they were prepared for MIPS measures and can properly report the data. Beginning in 2018, physicians must use EHR technology that is certified for 2015 and this requirement also burdens physicians utilizing small EHR vendors that have not been 2015 certified. “The replacement market is heavily leaning to these largest 8 EHRs from small EHR vendors and expected to increase through 2018 as some providers had previously invested in EHRs that do not acclimate to agile change at scale like MACRA demands,” said Brown. “ EHR companies are not required by MACRA to update their technology so providers are ill-equipped should the practice stick with their uncertified EHR.” 80% of all surveyed practices agree that performing a technology inventory is essential to see how far their current EHR and other traditional data systems can take them.  “MACRA consultants are busy identifying and developing tools to support innovative projects as well as to bring clinicians on board as quickly as possible but hard to contract currently because of demand,” said Brown. 75% of practices with 3 or less physicians struggle to manage the technology basics but state they cannot afford paying a consultant in 2017. “Seemingly, the MACRA requirements appear fairly easy to meet, you simply attest to at least one performance improvement activity. However, the reality will be significantly more difficult as smaller practices in particular begin preparing for risk,” said Brown. 81% of independent physicians in practices of 4 or more clinicians reveal they have not grasped how to align data with the reporting measures. 5.       Outsourcing will be a last-minute MACRA play for many practices By the end of Q2, the scramble to get programs in line will consume many physician practices. “It is imperative that providers grasp the requirements of MACRA now to ensure they put the right strategy in place, since the pace of the program only accelerates in 2018 and beyond,” said Brown. 80% of provider organizations that have not developed their MACRA strategy or plan expect to select a turnkey software or outsourcer to catch up as best they can for 2017. 22% of all providers state they banked on a delayed program implementation. 91% of those who deferred any technology planning, fear they cannot find trained or qualified IT workers to successfully participate in MACRA incentives this year. 6.       Even more Independent Physicians will be driven to Sell their Practices MACRA payment model changes are motivating more physicians to shift from independent to employed status, as 75% of remaining independent clinicians are considering selling their practices to hospitals or group practices to eliminate the administrative burden and capital costs. 68% view MACRA as a burden or bust to their independent practice by 2020. 77% of hospital-affiliated physicians see the changes as the opportunity to increase revenue and improve patient care but 66% report being unprepared for managing and executing MACRA initiatives without hospital, IDN or group practice support. 7.       Shifting Reimbursement to those with data In 2019, the first payment year, MIPS will take approximately $199M from eligible clinicians below the performance threshold and redistribute those funds to providers above the performance threshold. Eventually, the redistributed dollars will be equivalent to nine percent of Medicare physician payments. In addition, for the first five years, $500M in supplemental funding will be awarded each year. During this time, MIPS adjustments could add ten percent in addition to the maximum positive payment adjustment, which is three times the amount of the penalty. 64% of hospital networked physician organizations are incorporating performance incentives in provider compensation models to incentivize MIPS reporting success. 88% of hospitals surveyed report they are seeking ways to ensure individual performance scores are reflected in the compensation of the physicians they employ. 54% of all survey respondents were unaware that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish this data on their Physician Compare website, as well as be accessible by other third-party rating systems including Yelp, Angie’s List, Health Grades and Google. 69% of the surveyed practice managers are aware they need to report on 6 quality measures yet only 22% were aware they had the opportunity to choose the metrics they believe represent strengths to the practice. Although essential to continuous improvement and practice success, 94% were unaware or unsure of how to predict their 2017 MIPS scores. 7% of practices with 15 or fewer eligible professionals have sought support with technical assistance participating in an APM or the MIPS. Of those seeking assistance, 92% were in rural or medically underserved areas. “As more consumers spend more out of pocket for their healthcare they are seeking much more transparency into clinical quality and the cost-value equation,” said Brown. 9.       Small and Rural Providers are Rallying for ACO inclusion Accountable Care Organization participation by small community hospitals and small physician practices are evaluating their options in joining an ACO. ACO participants can more easily achieve high scores compared to other MIPS participants increasing the likelihood of avoiding MIPS penalties and earning an exceptional performance as MACRA requires 30% of the MIPS score to be based on resource utilization. However, Track 1 ACO participants are held accountable for their cost in their ACO, not MIPS. 67% of small practices are considering joining an ACO to avoid penalties for generally lower scores due to a lack of infrastructure. Additionally, 82% of providers in rural areas are joining ACOs to avoid MIPS penalties due to their higher cost structure. A Q4 2016 Black Book survey revealed 88% of consumers under age 44 are aware of online physician rating websites, as are 55% of consumers over age 45. 12% of all healthcare consumers said they had viewed an online physician rating site in the past year. “In particular, hospital network physician groups are taking notice that consistently high-performance scores and ratings can be a strategic advantage over local competitors,” said Brown. 52% of large group practices, IPAs, ACOs and IDNs report starting to now administratively address how, in 2018, costs will be reported for every clinician along with results of quality measures. Black Book™, its founders, management and staff do not own or hold any financial interest in any of the vendors covered and encompassed in the surveys it conducts. Black Book reports the results of the collected satisfaction and client experience rankings in publication and to media prior to vendor notification of rating results and does not solicit vendor participation fees, review fees, inclusion or briefing charges, and/or vendor collaboration as Black Book polls vendors’ clients. Since 2000, Black Book™ has polled the vendor satisfaction across over thirty industries in the software/technology and managed services sectors around the globe. In 2009, Black Book began polling the client experience of now over 540,000 healthcare software and services users. 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US Healthcare Data Analytics Market, Forecast to 2020, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Digital Health Growth Partnership Service program, defines best practices in terms of design, deployment and governance of clinical, financial, and operational data analytics solutions by payers and providers in the U.S. To receive Frost & Sullivan's latest infographic on healthcare data analytics market and to talk to us, please click here. U.S. healthcare data analytics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.0 percent through 2020. The key driver for growth will be the steady expansion of analytics beyond population risk assessment and quality reporting to other major opportunity areas, such as precision medicine, clinical surveillance, administrative automation, revenue cycle management, supply chain optimization and clinical asset utilization. "A significant challenge in the market is the low interoperability between Incumbent and emerging IT solutions, which restricts the effective sourcing, harmonizing and normalizing of disparate patient data at an enterprise level," observed Chatterjee. "Large health systems, embracing value-based care across different departments, are compelled to utilize multiple analytics partners for comprehensive patient data analysis and visualization. This challenge requires the entry of next-generation health data analytics solutions that connect those siloed departments and remain highly scalable," he added. While the need for both platform-based offerings (built in with PHM, EHR-electronic health records, RCM-revenue cycle management and CDSS-clinical decision support systems) and modular analytics solutions will intensify, vendor selection will remain tedious since the U.S. healthcare analytics market is highly fragmented. "Participants must clearly communicate the cumulative benefits of analytics deployment on enterprise cost, quality and outcomes across all levels and to all potential users in order to penetrate or thrive in the market," he explained. Major market participants include Health Catalyst, IBM Watson Health, Cerner, athenahealth, Arcadia, Medicity, Tableau, ZeOmega, and SCIO Health Analytics which are leveraging predictive analytics to support visionary innovations in precision care. "Care providers will be most receptive to use healthcare data analytics to identify, assess and benchmark cost trends by payer, patient and physician mix, whereas payers are likely to opt for these solutions to identify quality-adjusted and evidence-based target prices for every episode of care," noted Chatterjee. "On the vendor side, specialty-specific solutions will gain prominence among providers striving to benchmark chronic conditions at a population level. Both traditional and non-traditional players will continue to identify, assess, and collaborate with ecosystem partners to cater to the evolving market needs." For more information or to schedule an interview with our analysts please contact Mariana Fernandez, Corporate Communications at mariana.fernandez@frost.com. About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/healthcare-data-analytics-moves-beyond-siloed-business-intelligence-to-coordinated-population-health-management-and-precision-care-300456090.html

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