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Health IT Experts Join Health Catalyst Team

January 16, 2018
by David Raths
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James, Topol and Zoph named strategic advisors

Salt Lake City-based healthcare data analytics company Health Catalyst has added three health IT and quality heavyweights as strategic advisors. Brent James, M.D.; Eric Topol, M.D.; and Timothy Zoph bring decades of experience applying technology to healthcare organizations.

James recently left his position as the first chief quality officer of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City after playing a pivotal role in helping Intermountain to become recognized for outcomes improvement and for establishing a deep culture of quality.

Topol is executive vice president and professor of molecular medicine at The Scripps Research Institute, and the founder and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif.  As a researcher, he has published over 1,100 peer-reviewed articles, with more than 190,000 citations, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. He previously ran the Cleveland Clinic heart program for 14 years. In 2016, Topol was awarded a $207 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead a significant part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. He is the author of two bestselling books on the future of medicine: The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now.

Zoph has more than 30 years of healthcare and IT experience. He served for 21 years as senior vice president of administration and CIO at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. In that role, he was responsible for technology strategy and delivery of information systems and had oversight for designing, building and activating over $1 billion of new facility projects. He was voted “CIO of the Year” twice, by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in 2003.

“We believe the cumulative effect of the strategic advice of these three industry giants will have a significant, positive impact on the lives of the nearly 100 million patients that our clients serve across the United States,” said Dan Burton, CEO of Health Catalyst, in a prepared statement.

Health Catalyst offers data warehousing and predictive analytics tools for population health and value-based care with a suite of machine learning-driven solutions.


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