The Health Catalyst Awards

The Health Catalyst Awards celebrates our customers who are digitizing and transforming healthcare. The following award finalists will be recognized at the Healthcare Analytics Pre-Summit on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, in the following categories:

Data Utilization

Organizations who have the largest percentage of total users accessing their data platform and analytics applications. These organizations recognize the power of unleashing data to enable data-informed decisions and realized measurable clinical, financial, and operational improvements.

U.S. Medical Management (USMM) is a leading provider of home-based primary care services for complex patient populations and managed care clients. It also operates a multi-state Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO serving over 23,000 complex or fragile Medicare patient.

Integrating Data and Analytics Into Provider Workflows Improves ACO Performance

Accepting the finalist award: David Vezina,MBA, CIO.


Texas Children’s Hospital (Texas Children’s) mission is to create a healthier future for children and women throughout its global community by leading in patient care, education, and research. They are consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation.

Improved Data Access Drives Effective Care Delivery

Accepting the finalist award: Ashok Kurian, Director, Analytics and Data Integration.


Allina Health (Allina) is a large healthcare system centered around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area that includes four large metropolitan hospitals, eight smaller community hospitals, 85 clinics, 5,000 physicians, and approximately $4 billion in revenue.

Widespread Data Utilization Ensures Continuous Data-Driven Improvement

Accepting the finalist award: Molly Clark, PharmD, MHA, Vice President, Safety and Quality.

Clinical Transformation

Organizations who have demonstrated measurable clinical improvements in one or more key initiatives.

Community Health Network (CHNw) is a non-profit healthcare organization, serving central Indiana. It is consistently ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems. Based in Indianapolis, CHNw serves more than 539,000 patients and employs over 15,000 caregivers.

Consistent Improvement Methodology Accelerates Healthcare Outcomes

Initiative: Consistent improvement methodology accelerated systemwide clinical improvements, including sepsis, orthopedic service line, and primary care, saving more than 124 lives, and delivering more than $15M in cost savings.

Accepting the finalist award: Patrick McGill, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer.


Mission Health (Mission) is North Carolina’s sixth largest health system with six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Mission Health’s Emergency Services include the Level II trauma center, select telehealth specialties at regional hospitals, ground transportation, and air transport (including neonatal patients).

A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Emergency Care

Initiative: Using a data-driven approach to improve emergency care, Mission achieved an 89 percent relative reduction in the rate of patients who left without being seen, a 29 percent relative reduction in the time from discharge order to ED departure time, and saw a twofold improvement in its patient ranking for overall quality of care and provider communication.

Accepting the finalist award: Jackie Gosnell MSN, RN, Trauma Program Manager and Terrie Smith, BSN, RN, Trauma Clinical Coordinator.


Texas Children’s

Big-Data and Prescriptive Analytics Decreases Pediatric Sepsis Mortality

Initiative: Data-driven approach improved outcomes for pediatric sepsis, realizing a 36% relative reduction in the 3-day mortality rate and a 45% relative reduction in the 30-day mortality rate, potentially attributed to sepsis.

Accepting the finalist award: Warren Boudreau, MSN, RN, Director, Quality Outcomes and Impact Service.


Thibodaux Regional Medical Center (Thibodaux Regional) is a regional healthcare leader that provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient care including services such as comprehensive cardiovascular care and heart surgery, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, women’s services, obstetrics, inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation services, and a state-of-the-art Wellness Center.

Data-Driven Evidence-Based Practices Reduce CLostridioides Difficile (C. diff) Infections

Initiative: Leadership, a culture of patient-centered excellence, and analytics insight aided in a 33.3% relative decrease in C. diff SIR rate for hospitalized patients and a 51.9% relative decrease in C. diff cases among hospitalized patients.

Accepting the finalist award: Greg Stock, MHA, CEO, Cindy Poiencot, RN, Director of Quality Resource Management, Bernie Clement, MBA, CIO, and Danna Caillouet, RN, Director of Quality Improvement.

Financial  Transformation

Organizations who have demonstrated measurable financial improvements in one or more key initiatives.

Albany Med is the northeastern New York’s only academic health center. It includes a 734-bed hospital, and the Albany Medical College, and the region’s largest physician practice with more than 450 doctors.

Analytics-Driven Clinical Documentation Improvement Efforts Positively Impact Reimbursement

Initiative: Created a seamless process for clinical documentation with the use of an analytics application as driven by clinical leadership, resulting in a 50% relative improvement in appropriate coding demonstrated by a reduction in the potential opportunity in the emergency department.

Accepting the finalist award: George Hickman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Analytics Officer, and Michael Hamilton, Vice President, Analytics.



Increasing Colliections by Acting on Predictions of Propensity to Pay

Initiative: Increased collections by acting on predictions of propensity to pay, resulting in a $2 million increase in overall collections in just one year, including more than $660,000 in additional patient patients being collected by phone in the first two months following implementation of the propensity to pay machine learning algorithm and collections strategy, a 43.2 percent relative improvement.

Accepting the finalist award: Molly Clark, PharmD, MHA, Vice President, Safety and Quality.


Hawai’i Pacific Health (HPH) is a not-for-profit healthcare system with four major medical centers and more than 70 statewide clinics across Hawaii. HPH’s mission is to create a healthier Hawaii through community impact, investing in research, education, training, and charity care for the underserved people within the island communities.

Data-Driven Labor Management Delivers Financial and Operational Improvements

Initiative: Using analytics, HPH was able to forecast its workforce needs and effectively manage staff schedules, realizing a $2.2 million savings in 16 months, while maintaining high quality and positive clinical outcomes.

Accepting the finalist award: Melinda Ashton, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officerand Louise Fukumoto, MBA, Director of Financial Planning.


UPMC operates 40 academic, community, and specialty hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices, and outpatient sites, employs 4,900 physicians, and offers an array of rehabilitation, retirement, and long-term care facilities.

Service Lines and Activity-Based Costing Reveal True Cost of Care for UPMC

Initiative: Service lines and activity-based costing reveal the true cost of care uncovering $42 million of cost reduction opportunities, approximately 2 percent of targeted service line cost.

Accepting the finalist award: Rob DeMichiei, CFO.


Organizations who are using data and analytics to transform healthcare.

Acuitas Health is a population health services company that empowers physicians to make the transition to a value-based care delivery system. Practicing medicine in a model where physicians are financially rewarded for improving the quality, while reducing the cost, of care they deliver to patients, allows for the introduction of innovative care models that improve outcomes.

Closed-Loop Analytics Supports Data-Driven Medical Decision-Making

Initiative: Using closed-loop analytics, Acuitias Health developed an “EHR alert to provide timely access and visibility to clinical insights, enabling users to identify opportunities for health maintenance, improve quality, and support data-driven medical decision-making.

Accepting the finalist award: Keegan Bailey, MS, Strategy and Technology.


Christiana Care is one of the country’s most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. They have a unique, data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care.

Machine Learning and Feature Selection for Population Health

Initiative: Based on the a machine learning analysis of 236 data features, Christiana Care determined that just 16 data features (7% of the original dataset) had equivalent predictive value to all 236 features. As a result, the machine learning tool reduced the complexity of the 90-day-admission predictive model while optimizing it for predictive performance.

Accepting the finalist award: Terri Steinberg, MD, MBA, Chief Health Information Officer and Vice President of Population Health Informatics, and Edward Ewen, MD, Director, Clinical Data and Analytics.


Partners Healthcare is a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Partners HealthCare network includes hospitals, community health centers, physician practices, and post-acute care facilities.

Is Zipcode More Important Than Genetic Code?

Initiative: Like most healthcare organizations, Partners measures and tracks its performance on major quality indicators. however, it didn’t have a way to easily analyze its metrics by geography. Partners developed maps and trend visualizations of quality metrics across zip codes to analyze quality of care and health equity.

Accepting the finalist award: John Pyhtila, PhD, Chief Data Analytics Officer, and James Dziobek, MPH, Senior Healthcare Analyst.


Thibodaux Regional

Medically Integrated Wellness Program reduces Modifiable Risk Factors

Initiative: With CEO vision and leadership, Thibodaux regionals’s multidisciplinary teams created a service to help community members address medical concerns, as well as work toward lifestyle changes aimed to reduce modifiable risk factors.

Accepting the finalist award: Greg Stock, MHA, CEO, Bernie Clement, MBA, CIO, and Katie Richard, MA, BSN, RN, Education and Training Coordinator.