Allina Health in Minnesota and western Wisconsin has outsourced its data analytics operations not because it needs more help, but because it fears that increasing revenue pressures and falling margins over time could result in analytics being under-invested, says CFO Duncan Gallagher.

Allina, with 12 hospitals and more than 90 clinics, is proud of the analytics program it started in 2007 with a couple consultants who soon after formed analytics vendor Health Catalyst, as the program has improved outcomes, cost efficiencies and patient satisfaction, Gallagher notes.

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