Department of Veteran Affairs to Build a Pegasus

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Catch your attention? Data interoperability has been described as a unicorn; that is, everyone knows what it is and yet no one has seen it.   But harnessing this mystical creature,  and doggedly refusing to believe that its existence is a myth, is one important way to ensure that data follows the patient regardless of where they receive care.  To …

Seeking Action from Strategy at the Second Learning Health System Summit

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Two weeks ago I had the honor of participating in the 2016 Second Learning Health Summit held in Alexandria, VA. This was a meeting of over 100 thought leaders from industry, healthcare provider organizations, and consulting companies who got together to brainstorm on the actionable next steps to persuade organizations to adopt a learning health paradigm. Over two days we …

In Healthcare, We Need to Know Not Just What Happened, But Also Why

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I am sitting here recovering from elbow surgery and am reminded of this article out of Boston discussing optimal surgery scheduling. Research advises avoiding procedures either in July or late in the day.  My surgery was this December at 7:30 AM, so I have chosen widely. Performing data analytics to get the “what” can be so challenging given dirty, disparate data …

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Analytics to Support the Mental Health Crisis

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Mental health support and services are experiencing a national crisis. I recently had an opportunity to learn from Chris Poulin with Patterns & Predictions how healthcare analytics could make an impact on one of the toughest parts of the mental health process – identification. Supporting Veteran’s Mental Health One demographic group that is hardest hit by the mental health crisis …

Data Downer: Without Sharing We Aren’t Caring for Cancer

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Precision Medicine, Cancer Moonshot.. the monikers keep coming for what we can do with all of the Big Health Data lurking in electronic health records, clinical trial databases, and consumer devices. But, to borrow a clever phrase from former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, there is an ‘irrational exuberance’ to be wary of when it comes to making promises and …

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Using Design Thinking to Solve Hospital Readmissions

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Healthcare has seen its share of fads over the years. Often, management will roll in something new for us to try and we oblige. Examples of these fads include lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, Business Process Re-engineering, Matrix Management, Management by Objectives, and Activity Based Costing, just to name a few. My theory is that if we can take the …

Better Insights from Messier Data

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Ah, perfect data! How we love you! OK, we all know that perfect data is an oxymoron. Usually, we are happy with “pretty good data.” But in the Healthcare Analytics field “pretty good data” usually means data from Clinical Trials where everything is set and charted in a controlled environment with known entities. This data is “pretty good” because it …