David W. Johnson

Dave powers 4sight Health with an unflinching determination to create status-quo busting dialogue and action in healthcare reform. His innate desire to bring about change, coupled with his tremendous proficiency across health policy, academic medicine, economics, statistics, behavioral finance, disruptive innovation, organizational change and complexity theory, has led to his recognition as an insightful, incisive globally acknowledged authority on market-driven reform.

Dave is a prolific writer on healthcare’s pro-market transformation. He is the author-in-residence at MATTER, the Chicago-based healthcare incubator, and published the critically acclaimed book Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare in 2016. McGraw-Hill published Dave’s book The Customer Revolution in Healthcare: Delivering Smarter, Kinder, Affordable Care for All in September 2019. As a speaker, Dave plays the role of rebel, challenger, industry historian, investor and company evaluator to push audiences forward. Watch his bio video.

Dave left a 28-year career in investment banking to create 4sight Health. As an investment banker, he managed over $30 billion in healthcare revenue bonds, led significant strategic advisory engagements for health systems. He specialized in capital formation, asset-liability management, enterprise risk analytics and new business-model development. Dave is also currently an investor and/or advisor for several early- or mid-stage healthcare companies including Curate Health, GaussSoft, HealthiPass, Link Capital, Medspeed and MultiScale Health Networks.

Dave holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. Dave was drawn to service at a young age as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa and a United States Presidential Management Intern.

His civic and professional affiliations have included Harvard Medical School (Visiting Committee); the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Board, Executive and Finance Committees); the University of Chicago (Harris School of Public Policy’s Visiting Committee, Student Engagement Sub-Committee Chair and the Urban Health Lab); the Health Management Academy; Harvard School of Public Health; CHRISTUS Health (Audit Committee); the British-American Project (U.S. Chair); and Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Center (Finance Committee Chair).

Dave is a consummate thought leader who enjoys reading and writing. He is no health slouch as a vegan who often bikes to meetings, who’s run ten marathons. He also loves traveling.

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Innovation
Cain Brothers House Calls Podcast: Integrating Mental Health Services in Education
Integrating mental health services into education is a hot topic, and Cain Brothers’ Director Erika Haanpaa joins 4sight… Read More
By and September 8, 2022
Innovation
Learning to Thrive: Integrating Mental Health Services within K-12 Ed
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By and September 8, 2022
System Dynamics
Healthcare’s Jobs to Be Done (Part 2): Application
Clay Christensen’s insights on disruption and innovation have shaped my perspective on health industry transformation and featured prominently… Read More
By August 30, 2022
Outcomes
Healthcare’s Jobs to Be Done (Part 1): A Primer
I’ve been an admirer of Clay Christensen’s work since the late 1990s. Shortly after he published The Innovator’s… Read More
By August 23, 2022
Economics
Healthcare’s Defining Paradox: Irresistible Consumerism Confronts an Unmovable Status Quo
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By and August 11, 2022
Innovation
Overcoming Orthodoxy in Medical Education
This article was first published on hlth.com.  On December 17, 2015, Kaiser Permanente announced the launch of a… Read More
By and August 4, 2022
Consumerism
“Amazoning” One Medical: Unleashing Primary Care Magic at Scale
Healthcare’s ecosystem is atwitter (literally) regarding Amazon’s $3.9 billion acquisition of One Medical. On last week’s 4sight Friday… Read More
By August 2, 2022
Outcomes
Cracks in the Foundation (Part 6): Overcoming Inadequate Leadership
Nobody likes getting ripped off. I had that experience on a recent trip to Boston, when Avis charged… Read More
By July 28, 2022
Economics
Cracks in the Foundation (Part 4): Overcoming U.S. Health Systems’ Brittle Business Model
U.S. health systems’ reliance on centralized, high-cost platforms (e.g., hospitals) to deliver routine care is baffling to me…. Read More
By July 25, 2022
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