Quench the Quest for New Knowledge & Skills

Jennifer Smolka Analytics Competencies, Analytics roles, Healthcare Analytics

Since joining ThotWave earlier this month, I have been immersing myself in the industry standards for analytical professionals.  As we have been building our Healthcare Analytics Competency Model, we have been aligning our knowledge, skills, and behaviors to the Certified Analytics Professional® (https://www.certifiedanalytics.org/ ).  Connecting learning to national standards provides not only the validation of the content but it allows …

Let’s learn from the gaming industry to make patient engagement addictive

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare, Healthcare Technology

Healthcare innovators have tried many different types of engagement apps to help people make healthier decisions and stick to care plans.  Odds are, you have a few on your phone already.  But what is often missing when the clinical side tries to dip into the mobile arts for engagement is that they forget about the ‘fun’ factor.  I have seen …

Keys to Unlock the Door to New Opportunities

Jennifer Smolka Our Thots

Our journey is often made up of big changes. That wasn’t the case for my parents’ generation. When I was growing up, my father only worked for one big blue organization: IBM. Baby Boomers are the generation where working 35 years in the same company was the norm. People started down a career path right out of college, and regardless …

Marrying Providers and Technology Often Requires a Marriage Counselor

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Us geeks in the technology field love new technology and create applications because we see the benefit of turning data into useful information. However, first and foremost, you have to think not about the outcome, but about the user experience. There are myriad components to the user experience such as How technically skilled are the users? Is the user interface simple …

Google DeepMind in Deep Doo

Greg Nelson Healthcare Analytics

DeepMind is a pretty heady name for a company.  Nonetheless, it is one of Google’s recent acquisitions designed to position Google as king-of-the-hill in healthcare apps, data analytics and artificial intelligence .  To date, they have demonstrated a healthy appetite for solving really interesting problems that include: A kidney monitoring app called Streams Some machine learning projects for the detection of …

Training Often Fails Our Learners. Here Is Why.

Monica Horvath Our Thots

I am a life-long learner.  So committed to the idea, I traded my 20’s and nearly a decade of earning potential to follow through on a Ph.D. and the requisite post-doctoral fellowship.  Given this, most people are fairly surprised of my generally negative viewpoint towards higher education and training.  I think much of it is an expensive waste of time.  …

The security crisis no one is mentioning–altering of healthcare data

Greg Nelson Healthcare Technology

The news is plentiful with descriptions of healthcare data breaches and ransomware.  Among all of this gloom, there is another BoogeyMan being overlooked– the fact that hackers could potentially change your healthcare data.  The motivations for doing this are anyone’s guess–but those that do these things channel George Mallory with a ‘because it’s there’ attitude.  In reading about this a bit, …

Keep calm and find a mentor

Greg Nelson Analytics training, Our Thots

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” – Stephen McCranie Think about that… a master didn’t become a master overnight. While we like to look back on our successes, it is equally important to think back on the mistakes we made and learn from them. And while you are reflecting on the lessons you’ve learned that got you …

The Importance of Interoperability in Healthcare Data

Greg Nelson Healthcare Analytics

Working with data is hard. Working with Big Data is harder. Working with Big Data that has to connect to other Big Data is the hardest. We know that data is never clean, which is why working with data is hard. The more volumes of data, the more this problem is exacerbated. When combining that data with other data from …