Tales of Data Champions: Curiosity and Determination Revealed the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

Monica Horvath Our Thots

At the end of the day, health systems, hospitals, and medical groups need to have good margins to stay in business. Historically, this has been monitored and managed by the financial arms of the business that focus on service volume, market share, and optimizing contracts with payers. But the pundits are predicting that as value-based reimbursement moves forward, the number …

Have an ambitious idea for public health? The FDA wants to hear it.

Monica Horvath Our Thots

The FDA is seeking ideas from science and technology experts in the private sector about what they envision to be the next breakthrough in their field, with an emphasis on public health. They note in their blog post “To be clear, we’re not looking for advances that are already under discussion. We’re seeking information about scientific and technological advances that are …

Competency Based Education: Cutting the Tie to Time

Jennifer Smolka Our Thots

Competency Based Education Panel Session At the AECT conference last week, I had the privilege to share a panel discussion with Dr. Jason Huett from the USG eCampus and Dr. Christine Sorensen Irvine from the University of Hawaii.  The three of us have been part of bringing Competency Based Education (CBE) to different learning audiences and environments for many years.  We …

Check your work. One small math error can have disastrous consequences!

Monica Horvath Our Thots

Massachusetts is in a pickle.  Due to byzantine payment rules, Medicare sets state reimbursements rates using rural hospital wage levels as the baseline.  In Massachusetts, there is only one such hospital, meaning that it is critical to get those numbers for that facility correct.  But calculation mistakes surrounding the wages and overtime paid by the 19-bed Nantucket Cottage Hospital mean …

Kata helps Mindset

Mindset, Neuroplasticity & Kata in Healthcare

Jennifer Smolka Our Thots

Have I mentioned that I love the brain?  I love how it functions, how it grows, and how it changes.  Neuroplasticity is the brain’s amazing ability to reorganize and develop new neural connections.  It can compensate for injury or disease.  It can adjust to completely new environments.  It can create a new mindset to help us function in an ever …

Healthcare Analytics Training: 7 Benefits to Your Team

Jennifer Smolka Analytics training, Our Thots

Professional development and training have consistently been a large part of any organization’s annual budget. The 2015 Training Industry Report determined almost a 15% increase in training expenditures to over $70 billion dollars spent. Within the industries included in the survey, healthcare and medical services comprised the largest segment of the population (16%). It’s obvious that we spend a lot …

How Much is Bad Data Costing You?

Michelle Buchecker Business of Healthcare, Healthcare Analytics

Bad data. We know it’s a problem otherwise it wouldn’t be called bad data. But exactly how much does this bad data cost U.S. companies? $1 Billion/year? $20 Billion? More? (Answer at the end of this post). We know there will never be such a thing as perfect data. But we need to raise our expectations and spend money on ways …

Men Aren’t from Mars, and Women Aren’t from Venus, but Big Data in Healthcare Can See Differences

Monica Horvath Healthcare Analytics, Healthcare Technology

There has been a lot of talk in the media and online lately about gender bias: what is real, and what is just a perception. That’s why I like data. Data is just an “it”. Big data is just an “IT”. However, doing analysis on that data can provide insights into medical differences between the genders. As this article explains “male …

How Can Cognitive Systems Support Healthcare?

Jennifer Smolka Healthcare Analytics, Healthcare Technology, Our Thots

I have always been fascinated by cognition. My master’s degree in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems at the University of North Texas gave me a lot of opportunities to learn about machine learning, artificial intelligence and how technology can support cognitive processes. There is only so much that one mind can retain about all of the different symptoms and criteria …

Diving into Data Validation with the ANIA

Jennifer Smolka Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

Last week, in the middle of National Health IT Week, the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) launched the peer-reviewed Journal of Informatics Nursing (JIN). To celebrate the birth of a new source of scholarly content, the first issue is free for all! The article “Data Validation: Swimming in the Depths of Data” supports individuals who are implementing a systematic process …