In Defense of Small Data

admin Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

Big Data hype often lends a perception that its volume and velocity provides almost a turnkey solution to new healthcare insights.  Well of course, reality isn’t that pretty.  Big Data is like sifting through the haystack for a meaningful needle, and often adding more data risks just throwing on more hay.   One strategy is to be able to somehow …

It’s about PROCESS — Simple fix to keep asthmatic children out of the emergency department

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

Asthma is common.  Super common.  And because of that, there have been many different Big Data projects that focus on keeping those kids managed and out of the acute care environments.  This is not just a cost issue–but one of safety– where a trip to the ED can mean an adverse event occurred and some other type of harm snowballed …

Competencies of A Successful Life Sciences {and Healthcare} CIOs

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Business of Healthcare

A new study has assessed maturity in the top 50 global life sciences companies and found that CIOs can (and need to) play a more strategic role in advancing technology transformation. We often see that IT is viewed as a service or utility to ‘The Business’, but not part of ‘The Business’ itself.  As the opportunity for digital innovation grows …

The Case For Data Literacy: Flint doctor used EHR records to expose lead crisis

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, of Hurley Medical Center in Flint, discovered the Flint water lead issues thanks to using EHR data and the standard cohort discovery tools built into the software.   She noticed what seemed to be a trend in higher lead blood levels in children coming to Hurley Medical Center.  Using Epic records, she compared blood test results for …

Nurses Can Help Drive Both Technology and Analytics Adoption

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

Health Data Management did a piece on Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Mary Beth Mitchell, RN, of Texas Health Resources, regarding the role of nursing in technology adoption. Nurses are on the frontlines of patient care, but often their issues with IT are not well heard and thus their workflow can be very driven by ‘work-arounds’.  This can confer the risk …

Health Analytics Trends to Watch for 2016

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Healthcare Analytics

In look forward to 2016, the trend to watch is how Health Analytics is starting to mature Health Intelligence at many organizations.  More health systems are moving out of the realm of pilot projects and into a space where they seek to elevate analytics as an enterprise-wide competency and regular practice. Here are the best bits from this article: Tertiary …

Crash Course on Current State of Health IT for 2016

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Business of Healthcare, Healthcare Technology

EPIC!  HITECH!  EHRs!  Interoperability!  CMS!  FHIR!  ONC! Meaningful Use! Any news article about healthcare delivery is bound to have at least one of these terms that may be confusing to industry outsiders (well, and even for some insiders for that matter).   It is challenging for newcomers to health IT to understand the current environment in most care settings given …