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Posted on Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Health analytics company looking to grow Ann Arbor headquarters

By Ben Freed


Truven Health Analytics is headquartered at the 777 Building, one of Ann Arbor's largest office spaces.

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Truven Health Analytics, created in June 2012 by spinning off Thomson Reuters Healthcare Business, is looking to expand its already large Ann Arbor office.

The company, whose name is a combination of the words "truth" and "proven," helps organizations including employers, hospitals and the government analyze health care data and look for opportunities for performance improvement.


Jon Newpol has been working in health analytics in Ann Arbor for 18 years. He is currently executive vice president of Truven.

Courtesy Truven Health Analytics

“All the issues related to health care reform and all of the additional money being spent on health care infrastructure is all about increasing quality and decreasing cost of care,” executive vice president Jon Newpol said.

“So we’re right in the bullseye there.”

Truven was created when New York-based private equity firm Veritas Capital acquired the former Thompson Reuters Healthcare Business housed in the 777 Building on Eisenhower Parkway. Before Thompson Reuters, the health analysts at the location had worked for a local company known as MedStat.

At the time of the sale, Thompson Reuters' CEO Thomas Glocer said the division was "growing and profitable" but "lack[ed] the integration with and global scale of our other untis." Veritas purchased the division for $1.25 billion.

After the sales and name changes, Newpol said the core functionality of the company has remained the same.

"We were very much a self-reliant unit," he said.

"We relied on Thompson Reuters for corporate infrastructure, their data center, and management information systems tools, but the people and all of the work we do with our customers was already in the unit. Separating out I don’t want to say was real easy, but generally was not too hard."

Newpol said that since June the company has grown from about 715 employees to the current 730, but that the small increase belies the amount of change that has been occurring.

“We actually did a significant amount of local hiring in 2012,” he said.

“There’s a lot of work that we do that is project based. Some of that was coming to an end so it’s natural for staff changeover to happen when you get into that… Our more recently hiring has been more long-term than project based.”

The health analytics firm headquartered in Ann Arbor employs about 2,000 people internationally with major offices in Chicago, Denver, and Durham, North Carolina. Newpol said hiring decisions are often made regardless of geography.

“I can’t say exactly how many we will hire here in Ann Arbor because location is not our top concern,” he said.

“We have a significant number of positions open though and this is a big important location for us and it gets fair preference organizationally if we can bring people here.”

Newpol said the company is looking to hire new employees with a range of expertise, including data management, software engineering and health care analytics.

Truven's website lists 41 job openings in Ann Arbor that range from administrative assistant to vice president of clinical analytics.

“The things we’re capitalizing on now is that there is more of a long-term change in the system,” he said.

“The benefits exchanges as well as other systematic changes are coming, and we’re evolving to meet those customer needs.”

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Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 11:59 p.m.

I am very disappointed with inaccurate information provided about Truven Health Analytics. Mr. Ben Freed, I'd suggest instead of just speaking to high level executives such as Jon Newpol speak to some of the people that work there at a lower lever, or I'd suggest ask Jon Newpol about why Philip Rainford (VP of Product Development ) was brought in from Ohio and from LexisNexis organization with his British accent to lay off all the programmers in Chicago office and some in Ann Arbor and Durham office ? why is he outsourcing our local jobs to India to companies such as Virtusa ? I am very sad that high executives come on local news and try to hide the facts and instead they paint a happy picture about the organization where in reality they are outsourcing jobs and organization is suffering financially.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 9:33 p.m.

Hey Ben, how long does this have to be up before you fix the mistakes? Just wondering.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 9:45 p.m.

Also, devision is not a word. Criminy, Seriously.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 8:05 p.m.

I don't mean to be snide, but the correct spelling of Thomson Reuters is the most basic fact checking. This is a very large company and it's not as though it's difficult to find information about it.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 2:20 p.m.

By the way it's THOMSON Reuters not Thompson Reuters.

Michigan Man

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 1:10 p.m.

Nice! Looks like a little Bain type company growing in Ann Arbor and the lefty group can even figure it out. Every so often the liberal Ann Arbor pot laws have a meritorious effect - most Ann Arbor types smoking pot have brains as sharp as a bowling ball - thus this little Bain type group prospers in the middle of the wasteland.


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 : 9:30 p.m.

Wow. Score -8


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 12:29 p.m.

There's no "P" in Thomson Reuters.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 1:23 p.m.

Also, I think you mean "... purchased the DIVISION..."


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 12:14 p.m.