Dale Sanders

Executive Vice President, Product Development, Health Catalyst

Dale has been involved in complex data fusion and high risk decision support for over 30 years, starting as a Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) officer in the US Air Force, supporting nuclear warfare operations for the Strategic Air Command. He served as a member of SAC’s emergency airborne command post, the Looking Glass. His team provided C3I support for the Reagan-Gorbachev Summits in the 1980s. In 1988, he found a backdoor into the President’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Alerting Network (JCSAN) and, to prove that it could be done, hacked into that system from a public pay phone in a bar.

Following the Air Force, he went to work for TRW, in the space and defense sector. He specialized in the decision support of nuclear weapons surety– the combined fields of security and safety. His team developed the world’s largest data warehouse at the time, which supported nuclear weapons management. He developed a design pattern for data warehouses called “late binding” also now known as “schema on read.” His team was engaged by the National Security Agency to conduct threat assessments on the US nuclear command system, from the President to the warhead. He designed a computer-aided decision support system for the President and National Command Authorities to aid them during the warning phase of a nuclear attack, particularly the elimination of false positives and negatives. This project led to his interest in computer-aided decisions in healthcare.

Since then, he has become recognized as a leader in healthcare analytics and decision support. He served as the Chief Architect of Enterprise Data Warehousing and Director of Medical Informatics at Intermountain Healthcare. From there, he went on to academic medicine as CIO at Northwestern University and, from there, into public health as the CIO for the national health system of the Cayman Islands. He currently serves as the leader of Product Development at Health Catalyst, headquartered in Salt Lake City.

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