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Where have all the statisticians gone? Big Data lessons for us all

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics, Our Thots

This last week, I learned that famed biostatistician Howard Barkan had passed away. The tribute to Howard Barkan in StatNews was particularly touching as it reminded me of those that I rely on to make sure that we “get it right. “ Surprising, even though Dr. Barkan is considered a foremost biostatistician, his degrees were in Anthropology and Public Health.  …

Pareto Charts: Separating Out the Vital Few from the Trivial Many

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

Many individuals use Pareto chart concepts without even realizing it.  It is one of the few analysis concepts that have leaped over the obstacle of math-related intimidation to become part of our common vernacular.  That is, anytime someone refers to the ’80/20′ rule or that they are focusing on ‘low-hanging fruit’–they are speaking of Pareto charts.  This is the concept …

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 …

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but they are a different thousand words to different people

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

Graphs. We all like them. Some people like them more than others. Some people get confused by them if they don’t have accompanying explanations. And with the volume of data expanding exponentially it’s easy to create an overly complicated graph. So how do you accommodate your widely varying audience? Give your graph flexibility! As you can see in this Financing …

Bridging the Healthcare and Clinical Research Chasm: Understanding the FDA’s Next Evidence Generation initiative and why should healthcare care?

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Our Thots

by Greg Nelson Recently, the FDA has written on the importance of focusing on a National system for Evidence Generation (EvGen). Evidence Generation is the culmination of assimilated information and assessments regarding the conditions under which therapies or medical interventions work and when they don’t.  In the United States, we have a long-established process of moving therapies from investigational compounds or …