As the importance of data in healthcare has grown rapidly, the emphasis has turned to using data to accelerate the pace of clinical, operational and financial outcomes. This year’s Health Catalyst-sponsored medical analytics conference—Healthcare Analytics Summit 2017 (Sept. 12-14 at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah)—will address this issue, covering critical areas such as:

• The implications for healthcare of digital strategies adopted by other industries

• How patient data outside the healthcare system becomes critical to the success of value-based models

• How data and analytics have become a central and strategic function for every healthcare organization


A Roster of Nationally Recognized Speakers


The HAS17 keynote speakers include, among others:

• Eric J. Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and author of The Patient Will See you Now and The Creative Destruction of Medicine

• David B. Nash, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health

• Robert A. DeMichiei, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

• Thomas D. Burton, co-founder, chief improvement officer and chief fun officer of Health Catalyst

• Dale Sanders, executive vice president, product development of Health Catalyst

• Dan Burton, chief executive officer of Health Catalyst

The keynote speakers will address issues ranging from leading health system best practices and future directions in the digitization of medicine and population health to inspirational physician and patient stories. There will also be a light-hearted approach to best practices principles using games.


Four Days of Learning and Networking

In addition to well-known speakers, HAS17 will feature 30 educational, outcome improvement case study and technical breakout sessions. Education sessions include:

• How activity-based costing works and how it can improve outcomes return on investment

Machine learning

• How to sustain and spread outcomes improvement success throughout an organization

• The growing importance of patient safety

• A universal model for population health 


Among the outcome improvement case study breakouts are sessions addressing:

• Analytics efficiencies

• Building a data-driven culture

• Care process teams

• Integrated data measures for improved insights

• Payer/provider collaboration

• Supercharging improvement with predictive analytics


Technical breakout sessions cover topics such as:

• Closed-loop and point-of-care analytics

• Data Operating System—a new paradigm for the future

• Machine learning


HAS17 will also see the return of Analytics Walkabout with hands-on stations for one-on-one interactions. The stations will highlight successes in clinical, financial, operational and workflow analytics and outcomes.

The conference features pre-summit sessions on September 11 and 12 designed to reach not only Health Catalyst users but also analysts, data architects, and members of data-driven improvement teams who want to learn about the latest developments in areas including:

• Machine learning

• Visualization

• Provisioning

• How to make decisions with data

Just for fun and getting to know other like-minded attendees, there will be a fun run and walk, dinner on the town and a game night, among other activities.

Technology Makes Evidence-Based Medicine Possible

Evidence-based medicine helps Doctors make more informed decisions on care. To best understanding the evidence-based medicine (EBM) definition we can look at an example. Your doctor has treated dozens of patients during her 10-year career. She has observed carefully which treatments work and which don’t. Her observations have spurred her to make recommendations to patients. All of her patients are now taking the medicines that have had the highest percentage of success in her previous patients -- and in the doses that had the highest percentage of success. Now, your doctor has made a recommendation about how to treat your cancer. She carefully explained how several of her patients fared well with the same treatment, while other patients lived longer than patients who underwent other treatments. Although you were only diagnosed with cancer a week ago, you completely trust your doctor because all of the medical advice she has given you during her eight years as your doctor has worked.


How to Register for HAS18

For more information about the Healthcare Analytics Summit 2017 and to register, visit