The University of Texas Health Intelligence Platform



As the healthcare industry undergoes the shift from the conventional fee-for-service model to the emerging value-based model, data analytics and data flow will dictate both the costs of care and how care is delivered.

The University of Texas Health Intelligence Platform (UT-HIP) is a tool enabling the University of Texas System Health Care Enterprise to work in partnership to achieve improved costs, efficiency, and quality of care through analytics-driven healthcare. Aggregated patient information will be used to better understand disease and how to reduce risk, prevent occurrence, and improve prognosis for all Texans. 

The University of Texas Health Intelligence Platform (UT-HIP) is being designed to deliver information and analytics for actionable insights to empower improvements in healthcare quality and value. 

  • Identify overall costs and patient outcomes across the institutions.
  • Illuminate by measuring cost variability of payers to identify the greatest opportunities for cost reduction and outcome prioritization.
  • Improve selected conditions with value initiatives.


Identifying opportunities for improvement by highlighting details that have led to the variability of care.

An initial analytics proof-of-concept has been developed based on the Vizient Clinical Database solution.

Working with the UT System Quality Council, the UT-HIP will aggregate the Vizient CDB metrics from participating UT System owned and affiliated hospitals to identify opportunities in mortality, efficiency, safety, effectiveness, and patient-centered-ness.


Shining a light on what is working and what is not, illuminating targets for intervention.

Challenged to manage costs more efficiently while delivering quality healthcare, the UT-HIP offers the UT System Health Care Enterprise an opportunity to change the way it does things. Clear insight into the variables that drive costs and quality provides an understanding all the way down to individual encounters and by department or physician so action can be taken for positive change.


Implementing improvement initiatives for selected conditions.

The value is realized in sustainable improvements, sustainable because specific areas are identified and the actions indicated are understood, taken and maintained.

For patients, the improvements should be seen as quicker recoveries, fewer readmissions, lower infection rates, and greater medical accuracy. For the UT System Health Care Enterprise, it means the ability to focus on specific areas in order to deliver more satisfied patients, while lowering expenses. The UT-HIP is the tool that identifies where to make the improvements and what specific actions to take.


The entire University of Texas System Health Care Enterprise is participating in the University of Texas Health Intelligence Platform.

The University of Texas Health Intelligence Platform is a tool to deliver analysis for deeply informed healthcare-related decisions regarding healthcare quality and value.

The UT-HIP is not designed to serve as a scorecard of performance measures for UT System institutions, but rather a tool to deliver analysis for deeply informed healthcare-related decisions regarding healthcare quality and value.


The Office of Health Affairs 

  • Executive Sponsor and Chair, Steering Committee: Ray Greenberg, MD, PhD, Executive Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs, The University of Texas System.
  • Project Sponsor: Zain Kazmi, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Analytics Officer, Health Affairs, The University of Texas System.
  • Coordinating Center Director: Robert Murphy, MD, Associate Dean for Applied Informatics and Associate Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
  • Executive Director: Quamishia ShuRon Green, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
  • Physician Lead, Epic Constellation Program: John C Frenzel, MD, Director of the Learning Health System at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The UT-HIP Steering Committee members have been appointed by The  Office of Health Affairs at The University of Texas System and began work on November 4, 2016. This committee consists of a minimum of one executive leadership representative from each of the UT System academic healthcare institutions.

At the end of 2016, two subcommittees of the UT-HIP Steering Committee were formed to determine data policies, guidelines and standards as well as the solution architecture such as the technologies and tools, a centralized or federated solution, and appropriate vendors. The two subcommittees are the Data Governance and the Solution Architecture subcommittees.

In addition to the subcommittees, a system-wide Quality Council comprised of officers from each institution was formed and charged with the task to broaden the focus on quality from the institutional level to also encompass the UT System. The UT System Quality Council is dedicated to improving patient safety and quality with the goal of coordinating  system-wide strategies to achieve both in-patient and out-patient goals while operating as a learning health care system.

UT-HIP Steering Committee

Along with the UT-HIP Leadership, the Steering Committee consists of:


Ray Greenberg, MD, PhD, Chair

UT System

Executive Vice Chancellor, Office of Health Affairs

Timothy Barker, MD

UTHSC-San Antonio

Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Elmer Bernstam, MD


Associate Dean for Research and Professor

Leslie Carruth

UT System

Associate Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs

John Frenzel, MD

UT-MD Anderson

Chief Medical Information Officer

Suresh Gunasekaran


Associate Vice President and Chief of Operations, UTSW Health System

Andrew Krecek

UTHSC-San Antonio

Clinical Information Officer

Leon Leach

UT System

Chief Policy Strategist; Lead of UT Health Care Enterprise Quantum Leap

Todd Leach


Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Tim Ochran


Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Hospital & Clinics

Bela Patel, MD


Assistant Dean for Adult Healthcare Quality

Rick Peters, MD

UTA-Dell Medical School

Chief Information Officer

Steve Steffensen, MD

UTA-Dell Medical School

Chief, Learning Health System

Seth Toomay, MD


Deputy CMIO and Associate Professor, Radiology

Ryan Walsh, MD


Chief Medical Informatics Officer

John Yoder


Chief Information Officer