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The Health Catalyst Data Operating System (DOSTM): Lessons Learned and Plans for the Next Evolution


Just over three years ago, Health Catalyst publicly announced the development of the Data Operating System (DOSTM). Conceptually, DOS goes back more than 20 years as a single platform that could support what Dale Sanders calls the “Three Missions of Data”—analytics, data-first application development, and interoperability. 

“Data platforms are the next evolution of the technology stack,” Sanders says. While the Cloud made infrastructure an easy and scalable platform, modern operating systems and programming languages made software platforms scalable and easy to build. He cautions, however, “Data wrangling, especially in healthcare, is still a giant challenge.” Sanders explains that DOS is therefore an essential strategy for Health Catalyst, as well as an important new concept in the world of platforms. 

“DOS and its concept is a data platform that makes analytics, app development, and interoperability easy and scalable,” Sanders says.

Wednesday, September 30
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

In this webinar, Sanders and Bryan Hinton will review the concept of a data operating system and the vision behind it. Hinton, who leads the DOS team for Health Catalyst, will reflect on lessons learned over the past three years and what he has planned for the future.

Dale Sanders
Dale Sanders – Chief Technology Officer, 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 to 2005, where he was the chief architect for the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and regional director of medical informatics at LDS Hospital.


In 2001, Dale founded the Healthcare Data Warehousing Association and, from 2005 to 2009, he was the CIO for Northwestern University’s physicians’ group and the chief architect of the Northwestern Medical EDW. From 2009 to 2012, Dale 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 U.S.


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 U.S. 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 Inc., 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 U.S. Air Force Information Systems Engineering program.

Bryan Hinton
Bryan Hinton – Senior Vice President and General Manager, DOS Platform Business, Health Catalyst

Bryan Hinton joined Health Catalyst in 2012 and currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of DOS Platform Business. He has been instrumental in the development and integration of the Health Catalyst Data Operating System (DOS™) – Health Catalyst’s primary technology platform. Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Bryan spent 4 years with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and 7 years with Intel. While at the LDS Church, he led the .NET Development Center of Excellence and was responsible for setting the architectural guidance of all .NET projects across the company. As a senior software engineer at Intel, he was responsible for the development and implementation of Intel’s factory data warehouse product that was installed at Intel factories worldwide.


Bryan carries a deep technical experience and understanding across all facets of software engineering with an emphasis on adopting software engineering practices as part of the data engineering process. He is passionate about building software and creating healthy engineering environments and teams. He believes deeply that curiosity and continuous learning are necessary skills to be fostered and encouraged for a successful team, and is an advocate for a healthy work-life balance.


Bryan graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT with a BS in Computer Science.