Chris Tyne, Healthfinch/Health Catalyst Inc.
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Chris Tyne, COO, Healthfinch/Health Catalyst Inc.
What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
Health care has many challenges that emerge from the importance, size, and differences in delivery across the industry. Things tend to not happen as fast as everyone would like, but it is incredibly rewarding to know the difference we make in the lives of patients and health care providers.
Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
I know it is a cliche, but I truly admire the way Elon Musk has repeatedly doubled down on his own companies. He essentially risked all of his fortune to build Tesla and SpaceX. You have to admire the confidence of someone who is willing to truly bet on what they are looking to achieve.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
The journey of building Healthfinch has been one long high point. When I started in 2014, we were five people working with one health system. We now work with over 100 clients and cover almost 20 million patients. We hit the pinnacle as an independent company when we were acquired by Health Catalyst in August. That next journey is just beginning.
Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
There is no finish line in your career. Enjoy the journey and the challenges along the way. Do not forget to take a minute to celebrate the successes as they come, instead of immediately focusing on the next problem.
What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?
The people of Dane County are really the greatest asset. There is a fantastic mix of talent, drive, and compassion that provides a great place to build a company.
Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?
There are very few times I get to display my true talent of the skill crane (or claw machine). I developed an odd knack for the claw when I was a child as I was very into construction. I have taken home thousands of dollars in prizes and toys — and impressed my daughter. Maybe one day this skill will come into actual use.
What are your guilty pleasures?
I have been on the search for perfect cheeseburger my whole life and maybe I should feel more guilty about it. I will travel far and wide for the best burger and I’ve really had some great ones. The infamous Chumley’s in NYC was my go-to spot in college and ranks No. 1. Locally, the Blue Moon is pretty hard to beat.
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