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Allina Health and Health Catalyst's Unusual Deal

   January 20, 2015

Once a year, a governing committee of the Allina / Health Catalyst partnership will identify a prioritized list of improvement projects, each designed to provide measurable care improvement and financial value to Allina. As the partnership achieves each goal, both partners will share in the benefits of that success.

The deal also means that Allina is outsourcing its data warehousing, analytics, performance improvement technology, content, and personnel to Health Catalyst to accelerate advances. Beginning this month, in phases, Allina employees working in these areas—some 60 in all—will become onsite Health Catalyst team members.

When you have a partnership of this magnitude, extrapreneurial forces also allow each partner to remain agile rather than locked into an arrangement that has the possibility of souring due to the changing vicissitudes of technology and healthcare.

The $100 million represents the cost of what the staff and tools were costing Allina, says Penny Wheeler, MD, president and CEO of Allina Health, a $3.7 billion not-for-profit organization whose more than 90 clinics, 12 hospitals, and related healthcare services provide care for nearly 1 million people across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Scott Mace is the former senior technology editor for HealthLeaders Media. He is now the senior editor, custom content at H3.Group.

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