Hospital-what-ists?

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Although the term hospitalist has been around since 1996, according to this article in Becker’s Hospital Review, the field wasn’t tracked by the American Health Association until 2003. However, since that time they have grown exponentially and about 3 out of every 4 hospitals have a hospitalist on staff. So what is a hospitalist? Good question. While this article does …

Pitfalls of Excel

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

We all rely on Excel from time to time. Depending on your job role, you may use it for simple calculations, or more advanced analysis. This article in the Washington Post points out the dangers of Excel and how common abbreviations in your industry may be misinterpreted as dates or random numbers in Excel. When you are working with large …

Teaching to Busy Professionals

admin Analytics training

Out with old, in with the new I read an article recently on Facilitating Adult Learning. There was no date on the article, but it cited references from 2002 thru 2008. In 2008 I probably would have agreed with this article. But this is 2016, and many things have changed. Not only hairstyles and attitudes (shout out to Timbuk 3 …

Is too much data a bad thing?

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

In this interesting article by Charles Ornstein, he explores the concept of why having too many tests done to your body when you are healthy could actually have a detrimental effect due to increasing the chances of a false positive, coupled with the fact that our bodies are constantly changing and that an abnormal result may be perfectly fine. Those …

Bad Data Equals Bad Analysis

Greg Nelson Healthcare Analytics

  As early as 1957 (according to Wikipedia) there has been the phrase “Garbage in, garbage out” when referring to computer data. Bad data coming in means poor and inaccurate analysis which leads to misleading reports. I was taught that there are four aspects to programming and working with data. 1. Data access 2. Data management 3. Data analysis 4. …

Journey to Value Based Care Without a Roadmap? What were you thinking?

Greg Nelson Our Thots

As organizations move from fee-for-service to value based healthcare (where value is a function of quality and cost) analytics can play a tremendously important role.  As we’ve said before, it is not those with the most data than will win but those that put that data to use that will be successful.  Part of that shift to value based care …

Learning is better with the “Why”

Greg Nelson Analytics training, Healthcare Analytics

As the classic song goes “Why do fools fall in love?”. Not “How do fools fall in love?”. Why do people yawn, not How do people yawn. The three year old that’s always asking “Why, why, why” not “how, how, how”. So “why” is this? The “why” provides deeper understanding, insight, and motivation behind the “what”.  In technical training it’s …

Are your curious about.. your level of curiosity? I was.

admin Our Thots

  At ThotWave we are strong believers that curiosity is the single most important trait of data scientists, data champions, and even our own employees. ┬áSo when I recently stumbled upon a cute little tool to assess my ‘curiosity profile,’ I was intrigued! I would say my results are pretty accurate in how I perceive myself: Intellectually hungry Adaptable to …

The Perfect World of Individual Medical Data

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

So many doctors I was in the waiting room of a doctors office recently. A woman in a motorized wheelchair came in and was struggling to get the door open, so I went to assist. We struck up a conversation where she mentioned that she recently injured her shoulder trying to get the door of a handicap bathroom stall to …