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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Reimagining Healthcare Staffing: Partnership-Focused, Data-Informed, Nurse-Centric
In 2006, Warren Buffett quipped that, “GM is a health and benefits company with an auto company attached.”… Read More
By March 16, 2023
Gary Bisbee: A Man for All Seasons
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By March 14, 2023
AI and the Rise of Human-Machine Collaboration in Healthcare 
Commentators, researchers and academics can’t stop finding applications forChatGPT. [1] Two of its recent claims to fame include… Read More
By March 7, 2023
Delivery Failures and Nursing Burden (Part 1): It’s Worse Than You Think
This is Part 1 of a series on nursing burdens. In the follow-up piece, 4sight Health’s David W…. Read More
By and March 2, 2023
Old vs. New Medicine: It’s Time to Topple the Hierarchy
In 2007, Donald Berwick and his colleagues at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement introduced the concept of healthcare’s… Read More
By and February 21, 2023
The Way Healthcare’s Working Isn’t Working (Part 2): Changing Mechanics
Note: This is Part 2 in a series about system dynamics in healthcare, exploring how healthcare organizations can… Read More
By and February 16, 2023
System Dynamics
The Way Healthcare’s Working Isn’t Working (2-Part Series)
In this series, 4sight Health’s David W. Johnson and Infor’s Brianna Zink and Marcus Mossberger highlight things that… Read More
By February 16, 2023
Commentary Collection from 2022 Continues with Weiss, Weems, Murchinson and Nash
Executives pay attention: The experts we invite to write 4sight Health commentaries lay out the future of our… Read More
By February 2, 2023
Cain Brothers House Calls Podcast: Communities Benefit from Access to Dental Health
Bridging the Gap  U.S. healthcare has long overlooked the essential role that dental care can play in providing… Read More
By and January 26, 2023
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