Health Catalyst announced that Eric Denna is joining the company as Senior Vice President of Professional Services, effective July 2017.
Denna brings to Health Catalyst nearly four decades of experience aligning enterprise and technology strategies for some of the nation's most respected universities, and a wide variety of organizations and industries confronted by disruptive forces. A member of the Education CIO Advisory Board to the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs from 1998 to 2000, Denna currently serves as vice president of information technology and chief information officer at the University of Maryland.
Previously, Denna was chief information officer (CIO) of the University of Utah and the Utah System of Higher Education, and the co-chair of the board of directors for the Utah Education Network. He was also vice president and the first CIO of Brigham Young University for nearly six years, after serving earlier in his career as a professor in BYU's Marriott School of Management. Denna also served for four years as CIO of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a multi-national organization with over 15 million members worldwide.
"Eric is one of the most gifted enterprise IT strategists and change leaders that it has been my privilege to know," said Tom Burton, executive vice president and co-founder of Health Catalyst. "He was my mentor when I attended BYU's Marriott School of Management and since then I've come to know him as one of the world's leading minds when it comes to complex IT strategy and overall process improvement leveraging technology. A highly experienced CIO, he's also an outstanding strategic advisor, mentor and leader with the ability to create vision and motivate large organizations to achieve it. We are thrilled that he has agreed to join our leadership team, where his expertise will be invaluable in helping the company execute on its mission to unleash data as the catalyst for massive, sustained improvement in healthcare outcomes."
Denna will work directly with Health Catalyst client CIOs across the country to help them design strategies to consolidate point-solution analytics, increase the efficiency of information delivery, and accelerate improvement by leveraging the Health Catalyst Analytics Platform and library of advanced analytic tools. His knowledge of the education industry will be especially valuable to Health Catalyst's Academic Medical Center clients as they strive to fulfill their research mission.
"I'm excited to work with the team at Health Catalyst," said Denna. "I've known Tom Burton for years and I've always respected and admired the vision that he and the rest of the leadership team have for massively improving healthcare through better technology. I look forward to helping align that vision with the needs of academic institutions across the country."
At the University of Maryland, Denna's team implemented new security enhancements, launched a new website and service portal to expedite the resolution of IT issues, led the migration to Google Apps for Education to support university-wide collaboration, implemented a new research administration system, and established a campus-wide IT governance structure.
His numerous other roles include chief operating officer of The RBL Group, a global professional services firm; CIO of the Times Mirror Higher Education Group; and information systems research roles at IBM and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Denna is a longtime volunteer advisor and board member to businesses and educational entities including Educause, Knod, Kuali Foundation, Lucid Chart, AboveTraining, Flatworld Knowledge, and the Utah Education Network.
Denna holds a master's degree in information systems from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Michigan State University.