Why we hate our Health IT tools

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by Monica Horvath, PhD Enrico Coiera has written one of those essays that describes a problem so elegantly that ones feels a rare, empowering wave of clarity upon reading it.  It left me with a tacit call to action to use this enlightenment to do my part to make healthcare better. He has unveiled the secret to why health IT …

Fighting healthcare’s well-adapted immunity to change

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare, Our Thots

“As much as CIOs believe they’re acting as change agents in their organizations, it’s easy to get sucked into conservative bureaucracy.” Healthcare is always under such pressing change mandates but paradoxically (or perhaps quixotically?) the industry is of the slowest to adapt to these realities.  At the core, the culture is not one that is very open to change as …

It’s about PROCESS — Simple fix to keep asthmatic children out of the emergency department

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

Asthma is common.  Super common.  And because of that, there have been many different Big Data projects that focus on keeping those kids managed and out of the acute care environments.  This is not just a cost issue–but one of safety– where a trip to the ED can mean an adverse event occurred and some other type of harm snowballed …

Is That Chart Saying What You Think It’s Saying?

Greg Nelson Analytics training, Healthcare Analytics

“Lying with data” Most of us don’t intend on lying with data– it comes at accident by either poor design of a visualization or an over-enthusiastic (and sometimes myopic) focus on the interpretation you want to convey. HBR (link below) is a great source of business management intelligence, and it is without a doubt appropriate for healthcare to think about …

When provider text messaging fails

Greg Nelson Healthcare Technology

Dr. Michael Kirsch wrote up his experiences in using a new system for text messaging providers when a patient gets an abnormal lab result.  It’s not pretty. “First, I receive a text message notifying me that a patient has a CRITICAL TEST RESULT.  I am then directed to call a 10 digit phone number, when I will be greeted by a …

Bosses Harness Big Data to Predict Which Workers Might Get Sick

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

In previous posts we have talked about all the new ways in which consumer data originiating outside of the care sites are impacting decision making for health. This latest article discusses how employers are doing this via Wellness companies where patients have opted into collection of broader data, which may be perceived as intrusive by some.    This is a …

Is the collaboration trend getting overplayed?

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by Monica Horvath, PhD, Director of Health Intelligence When is collaboration among analyst teams a bad idea? Before you answer, consider that the web is brimming with ads for tools, apps, devices to help teams, friends, families.. even your pets.. communicate and collaborate.  In the workplace, the cubicle rat maze is being reimagined as an open office coworking space where …

Stop worrying about deep learning and deepen your understanding of causality instead

Greg Nelson Analytics training, Healthcare Analytics

Deep learning is one the more recent buzzwords used to put abstraction around the highly technical process of unleashing sophisticated machine learning algorithms upon Big Data to obtain insights (presumably suggesting relationships and hypotheses that hadn’t been previously thought about). But as this great blog post by Dr. Seroussi describes, i, many talk about these methods when most tasks don’t …

Even drug companies are doing outcomes-based pricing

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

In a unique deal that surely speaks towards how many industries are changing, Novartis and Cigna has agreed to link the pricing for a new heart drug, Entresto, to the outcomes it has for patients.  Pricing will be related to the reduction in proportion of customers admitted to a hospital for heart failure.  The major advantage for everyone is that …

Competencies of A Successful Life Sciences {and Healthcare} CIOs

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Business of Healthcare

A new study has assessed maturity in the top 50 global life sciences companies and found that CIOs can (and need to) play a more strategic role in advancing technology transformation. We often see that IT is viewed as a service or utility to ‘The Business’, but not part of ‘The Business’ itself.  As the opportunity for digital innovation grows …