Scottsdale Institute Business Analytics Summit Offers Analytics Strategies for Health Systems

Ten healthcare analytics executives share challenges and opportunities for success

Minneapolis, Minn.& Chicago, Ill. (November 30, 2017)— U.S. health systems are “data rich and yet information poor,” according to a recent Scottsdale Institute (SI) Business Analytics Summit. SI convened data, analytics and information executives from across the country for the 2017 SI Business Analytics Fall Summit in Chicago on October 4-5, 2017. Attendees—representing large academic medical centers, multi-regional health systems, rural hospitals and clinics—gathered to share strategies, concerns, insights and lessons learned on the journey towards an “analytics utopia” with specific focus on the governance, staffing and management of data and analytics in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Examples of successes and challenges from the discussions held at the SI Business Analytics Fall Summit are outlined in the report “Constructing an Analytics Strategy,” which explores how analytics are deployed and leveraged by participants’ organizations to deliver value. The report provides insight about the importance of providing meaningful, timely, and accurate data for users, and leveraging tools to make data insight readily available for better clinical and business decisions. A copy of the report is available for free download at and at

“Healthcare delivery systems are increasingly data-driven as they invest in business strategies around value-based care and population health,” says Janet Guptill, Executive Director of the Scottsdale Institute. “However, leading health systems are finding they’re awash in data and need to share best practices on how to make sense of it to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care. By bringing together leading health-data executives from across the country to share innovations in data management and enterprise analytics governance, SI continues its mission of supporting our members and the industry on the journey to value-based care.”

The SI Business Analytics Fall Summit was hosted by Scottsdale Institute, a not-for-profit membership organization of health systems advanced in IT and supported by Impact Advisors, a healthcare IT consultancy. The participants included:

  • Stephen Ameen, IT Director of Revenue Cycle Systems – Houston Methodist
  • Rick Howard, VP, Data & Insights, & Chief Data Officer – Ascension Information Services
  • Ben Isenhour, Regional Chief Information Officer/ VP of Advanced Analytics and Architecture – Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems
  • Brett MacLaren, VP, Enterprise Analytics – Sharp HealthCare
  • Julia Swanson, VP, Performance Analytics & Improvement – Henry Ford Health System
  • Yohan Vetteth, Chief Analytics Officer – Stanford Health Care
  • Michael Wall, PharmD, Chief Analytics Officer – University of Chicago Medicine
  • Glenn Wasson, PhD, Administrator of Analytics and Performance Measurement – University of Virginia
  • Christine Watts, (Former) Chief Enterprise Architect – University of Chicago Medicine
  • Kerri Webster, (Former) Director Information Technology – Centura Health

“Many health systems have developed successful methods of gathering data and are now focused on finding the best ways to deploy and leverage that data to deliver value for their organizations,” said Todd Hollowell, CIO at Impact Advisors. “We are confident that the strategies and insight this group identified will be useful for all data, analytics and information executives facing similar challenges.”

About Scottsdale Institute

The Scottsdale Institute (SI) is a not-for-profit membership organization of leading healthcare systems whose goal is to support its members on their journey to clinical integration, innovation, and transformation through information technology. SI facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration among senior executives and their teams across the enterprise. We provide intimate and informal forums that accomplish this goal through collaboration, education & networking. For more information, visit

About Impact Advisors

Impact Advisors is a nationally-recognized healthcare information technology consulting firm that is solving some of the toughest challenges in the industry by delivering strategic advisory, implementation and optimization services. Its comprehensive suite of patient access, clinical and revenue cycle services span the lifecycle of our clients’ needs. Its experienced team has a powerful combination of clinical, revenue, operations, consulting, and IT experience. The firm has earned a number of prestigious industry and workplace awards including Best in KLAS® for eight consecutive years, Healthcare Informatics HCI 100, Crain’s Chicago Business Fast Fifty, as well as “best place to work” awards from: Modern Healthcare, Consulting Magazine, Becker’s Hospital Review and Achievers. For more information about Impact Advisors, visit