Pick Your Price for Surgery — An Idea That May Work?

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

ZendyHealth has launched a “Pick Your Price” program for orthopedics in addition to existing Priceline-style bid services for dental, imaging, and cosmetic services. This creates a new type of data that we haven’t really seen in healthcare– data on what a patient would be willing to pay for a given service.  With enough of these transactions, there would be an …

Analytics Apprenticeship: Next Generation Standards for Data Champions

Greg Nelson Our Thots

In my last post, we talked about the enduring skills that are needed for the modern analytical professional. These “data science” skills are more of what I would call a core competencies rather than skills.  I view skills as those things that I can do and competencies are those things that I am capable of doing.  This is a subtle …

Great data visualization practices to ensure your message comes through

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

Judging by the different blog posts, technology advertisements, webinars, workshops, and other advertorial media over the past ten months, Visualization is becoming the healthIT buzz word du jour hot on the heels of where Big Data left off last year.  I think there is optimism, however, to be found in this now overused marketing term.  Pushing for visualization in technology …

Reality Check: Your Health Data Analysts Are Probably Planning on Quitting, Even If They Are Happy

Monica Horvath Our Thots

One of the most common organizational challenges we hear in getting started in healthcare analytics is the difficulty in finding talent.  Often posted job descriptions are highly aspirational (e.g. looking for the unicorn), and that unicorn may be too expensive even if discovered.  So once you find a great health data analyst with both business knowledge and analytical acumen,  how …

Data Science Skills Needed for the Future

Greg Nelson Healthcare Analytics

The adage “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”  Albert Einstein is entirely appropriate in this day and age as we explore the competencies required to help healthcare change using data and analytics. I wrote a paper back in 1999 outlining the skills needed in the “new millennium.”  I predicted that the changing …

What will happen if fitness trackers ‘go to the dogs?’

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

by Monica Horvath, PhD It is always interesting to think about unintended effects of trying to engage people in healthier behavior. For example, Fitbit’s latest offering, Fitbit Group Health, is a corporate wellness platform that pairs their trackers with reporting, analytics, and engagement activities. With this in mind, I couldn’t help but to giggle when the WSJ recently described the …

Being healthy could be as simple as going to work

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Add Fitwel to the list of certifications your office building can have. Of course we have required ADA standards to make sure a building is accessible by all, optional LEED certifications are granted to buildings that are green, and now Fitwell for buildings that promote healthy living and employee wellness.  Fitwel is a new initiative by the CDC to encourage …

Why Googling Your Way to a New Career takes an Academy

Michelle Buchecker Analytics training, Healthcare Analytics, Our Thots

There are a few moments in life where a simple sentence can make you stop and give pause to the depth of meaning that sentence has. A title on a thread on Reddit is a good example of that. “We live in a world where you can literally Google your way into a new career.” “Google your way into a new career.”  Think about …

Nanobots to the Rescue! But first, we need a map

Greg Nelson Healthcare Technology

In a quickly-evolving world of data and the quantified-self we can add one more “21st Century” gadget to our watch list: nanobot. In this real-world “Fantastic Voyage”  bioelectronics the size of a grain of rice are injected into the human body and attach to nerve bundles that serve to either block or alter the electronic signals passing through them. The …