SOURCE: Next Wave CONNECT

Next Wave Connect

July 28, 2014 09:00 ET

Data Analytics Leader Health Catalyst Counting on Social Media to Drive Transformation Within Healthcare Industry

Cites Real-Time Participation and Collaboration as Key Factors

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Jul 28, 2014) - Next Wave Connect (www.nextwaveconnect.com), provider of the first social collaboration platform created specifically for the healthcare industry, announced that Health Catalyst is leveraging Next Wave as a forum in which to share valuable information with clinical and operational healthcare leaders. Health Catalyst, a pioneer in data warehousing and analytics technology, has a vast library of industry intelligence including executive reports, eBooks, webinars and more, which it will make available to Next Wave Connect members.

Senior Vice President of Strategy at Health Catalyst, Dale Sanders, said, "We were looking for a social media platform that proactively facilitates the debates and discussions that are taking place amongst healthcare practitioners and administrators. Next Wave is a forum where -- with the joint participation of healthcare professionals, individuals and companies -- all of the important trends in healthcare transformation can be addressed in real time."

According to Sanders' colleague and author of the recent eBook, Healthcare: A Better Way, Dr. John Haughom, the transformation of healthcare has begun. "Healthcare is facing unprecedented levels of complexity. The changes at hand can only take place with the shared visions and collaboration of clinical leaders and other stakeholders," Haughom said. "Next Wave Connect not only enables this type of engagement to take place, it proactively facilitates it." Haughom is a Next Wave Connect Advisory Council Expert (ACE), as well as the moderator of a new Next Wave community "Healthcare: A Better Way".

As emerging technologies revolutionize patient care with data analytics, genomics, telehealth and more, social networking is accelerating the revolution by engaging front-line workers all over the world in real time. Healthcare industry professionals and organizations join Next Wave communities to share valuable insights and information in order to facilitate better outcomes for patients and benefit the healthcare industry as a whole. The long-form content that is typical of Next Wave increases member engagement and caters to a more informed and invested audience.

Next Wave Connect provides members with access to dedicated industry professionals who facilitate discussions and work together to solve healthcare's toughest issues. Key insights from highly-renowned, accomplished healthcare professionals are provided via Next Wave's ACEs, Community Managers and Community Advisors -- reputable industry professionals who assist members as they crowd-source solutions and best practices.

About Next Wave Connect
Next Wave Connect is the first healthcare industry-specific, social collaboration solution connecting healthcare professionals and peers -- of all types, from across healthcare organizations -- giving them a place to collaboratively solve the industry's most challenging problems. Next Wave Connect, a Seattle, Wash.-based company, is owned by Next Wave Health of Houston, Texas, a strategic advisory and investment firm for the healthcare industry. For more information, visit www.nextwaveconnect.com.

About Health Catalyst
Health Catalyst is a mission-driven data warehousing and analytics company that helps healthcare organizations of all sizes perform the clinical, financial, and operational reporting and analysis needed for population health and accountable care. Our proven enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 30 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. Faster and more agile than data warehouses from other industries, the Health Catalyst Late-Binding™ EDW has been heralded by KLAS as a "newer and more effective way to approach EDW." For more information, visit www.healthcatalyst.com.

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