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20 Years in Healthcare Analytics & Data Warehousing: What did we learn? What’s the future?

Come learn from the beginning of 20 years of building.

Wednesday, May 30
1:00-2:00 PM EST

The enterprise data warehouse (EDW) at Intermountain Healthcare went live in 1998. The EDW at Northwestern Medicine went live in 2006. Dale Sanders was the chief architect and strategist for both. The business inspiration behind Health Catalyst was, in essence, to create the commercial availability of the technology, analytics, and data utilization skills associated with these systems at Intermountain and Northwestern. Lee Pierce assumed leadership of the Intermountain EDW in 2008. Andrew Winter assumed leadership of the Northwestern EDW in 2009, and transitioned leadership of the EDW to Shakeeb Akhter in 2016.

This webinar is a fireside chat among friends and colleagues as they look back across their healthcare IT decisions to answer these questions:

  • What did we do right and what did we do wrong?
  • What advice do we have for others in this emerging era of Big Data?
  • What does the future of analytics and Big Data look like in healthcare?

Please join Dale, Lee and Shakeeb for what is sure to be an insightful and spirited conversation. You'll leave better understanding the following:

  • Why data modeling has been overrated and how it is changing
  • The arrival of hybrid architecture data lakes
  • The potential to process text, images, and discrete data together
  • Whether the EHR vendors can deliver against future needs
  • How to optimally use data governance
Dale Sanders
Dale Sanders - President of Technology at Health Catalyst


Dale has been one of the most influential leaders in healthcare analytics and data warehousing since his earliest days in the industry, starting at Intermountain Healthcare from 1997-2005, where he was the chief architect for the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and regional director of medical informatics at LDS Hospital.  In 2001, he founded the Healthcare Data Warehousing Association. From 2005-2009, he was the CIO for Northwestern University’s physicians’ group and the chief architect of the Northwestern Medical EDW. From 2009-2012, he served as the CIO for the national health system of the Cayman Islands where he helped lead the implementation of new care delivery processes that are now associated with accountable care in the US.


Prior to his healthcare experience, Dale had a diverse 14-year career that included duties as a CIO on Looking Glass airborne command posts in the US Air Force; IT support for the Reagan/Gorbachev summits; nuclear threat assessment for the National Security Agency and START Treaty; chief architect for the Intel Corp’s Integrated Logistics Data Warehouse; and co-founder of Information Technology International. As a systems engineer at TRW, Dale and his team developed the largest Oracle data warehouse in the world at that time (1995), using an innovative design principle now known as a late binding architecture.  He holds a BS degree in chemistry and minor in biology from Ft. Lewis College, Durango Colorado, and is a graduate of the US Air Force Information Systems Engineering program.

Shakeeb Akhter
Shakeeb Akhter - Director, Enterprise Data Warehouse at Northwestern Medicine


Shakeeb currently oversees all aspects of the Northwestern Medicine EDW, a joint initiative between the Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. The NMEDW is a 50TB+ EDW with a team of 35 employees, and a multi-million dollar budget. The EDW is responsible for providing all Data Warehousing needs for FSM and NMHC; including Data Warehousing Operations, Data Modeling, Data Architecture and Integration, and Application Development. The NMEDW also houses the Research Analytics function for FSM, which is focused on developing comprehensive data sets, and predictive analytics solutions for the Research Community.

Lee Pierce
Lee Pierce - Healthcare Chief Data Officer at Sirius


Lee Pierce, BS, MIS, is the Healthcare Chief Data Officer for Sirius. Lee was the Chief Data Officer at Intermountain Healthcare for 5 years, and was involved leading and building data and analytics capabilities at Intermountain for over 20 years. He has been accountable for the development of Intermountain’s data and analytics strategy, infrastructure, data governance efforts, business intelligence development, and coordination of analytics and data science services throughout the Intermountain enterprise. Lee has over 22 years of experience in healthcare IT, specializing in organizing enterprise efforts to leverage data as an enterprise asset to by developing data and analytics strategy and competencies. Previous to his current assignment, Lee was the Assistant Vice President of BI and Analytics, Director of Intermountain’s Enterprise Data Warehouse, as well as many years as a data warehouse developer creating analytic solutions for clinical quality improvement initiatives. Lee has frequently consulted with other healthcare organizations on data and analytics. Lee is the previous chairman and incorporator of the Healthcare Data and Analytics Association (HDAA), a national non-profit organization with 300+ member healthcare organizations and over 2000 individual data and analytics professionals, which exists to provide collaboration opportunities for healthcare data and analytics leaders and practitioners. Lee received a Bachelor’s of Science from Brigham Young University, and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Management from Utah State University.