For Immediate Release

IBM Watson Veteran to Drive Healthcare Predictive Analytics Initiatives

Ann Arbor, MI, Jan. 29, 2015 — Richard Holada has joined Truven Health Analytics™ as Chief Data and Technology Officer. In this newly created role, Mr. Holada will drive the alignment between the company’s core analytic and data capabilities – which include the world’s largest database of private sector health insurance claims – and solution development. Mr. Holada will be responsible for continuous improvement of the user experience, and will work with customers in planning new kinds of analytic tools to meet the far-reaching changes that are affecting every corner of healthcare.

“As an experienced leader with deep experience harnessing data to build advanced predictive analytics solutions, Rich is a tremendous addition to the Truven team, ” said Truven Health Analytics President & CEO Mike Boswood. "With a background that provides a unique blend of analytics, business deployment, and commercial leadership, he will have a major role in shaping our products and client development initiatives.”

Mr. Holada comes to Truven Health from The IBM Corporation, where he oversaw the company’s predictive analytics and business intelligence offerings. Most recently, Mr. Holada was vice present of IBM’s Watson Legal Solutions. In this role, he leveraged IBM Watson Cognitive Computing technology to build solutions for the legal profession; earlier he served as vice president, predictive analytics at IBM. Mr. Holada joined IBM with the acquisition of SPSS where he served as senior vice president of technology and chief technology officer. Mr. Holada also held senior technology and customer relationship positions with SPSS, Oracle, and PeopleSoft.

“Truven Health Analytics has been recognized for years for developing best-in-class analytics that drive real world healthcare cost and quality improvements, and it’s an honor take this role in the organization, ” said Mr. Holada. “I’m excited about the opportunity to join this dynamic leadership team, and look forward to working with our customers to provide them with new and compelling solutions for their challenging work of transforming the way healthcare is managed, delivered, and compensated.”

Mr. Holada earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, and his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School.

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About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics an IBM Company, delivers the answers that clients need to help them improve healthcare quality and access while reducing costs. We provide market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics, and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies, and policymakers the facts they need to help them make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler®, ActionOI® and JWA. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit


Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
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