Do You Know Where the Data Will Go? Step Right Up to the ONC’s Latest Challenge

Monica Horvath Our Thots

In my opinion, one of the largest (and foundational) obstacles to both interoperability and actionable analytics lies in the path that data follows– provenance.  The healthcare industry generally has a  poor grasp on where data goes, how it moves, and what it changes into in traversing care-facing applications.  Even if we were to resolve the technical and privacy-related aspects of …

SAS Global Forum

Join Us at SAS Global Forum to Sharpen Your Analytic and Data Viz Skills

Michelle Buchecker Our Thots

Our CEO, Greg Nelson, and our Director of Technical Training, Michelle Buchecker, are presenting a combined EIGHT papers, one pre-conference training session, and leading one Table Talk at SAS Global Forum in Orlando April 2-5, 2017. Attending these presentations will enhance your SAS programming, visualization, and healthcare analytics skills. Of course, Greg and Michelle are happy to talk with you at …

quantified self

How Do You Take the Pulse of the Quantified Self?

Monica Horvath Our Thots

Your quantified self alter ego is coming to an EHR near you!  Ok, well, not yet–but soon.   It is increasingly common for healthcare organizations to use social media data to enrich intelligence about patients.  Penn Medicine has taken this head-on by launching a joint research and operations initiative, the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health.  I am heartened to see …

bad data

Bad Data Always Exists. What You Do About It Is What Matters!

Michelle Buchecker Our Thots

As with any company, we have projects where we need to grapple with bad data during an analysis exercise.  Recently, we had reason to discuss a number of issues due to an inconsistency of naming conventions that were complicating a set of reports.   For instance, sometimes a word was spelled two different ways, the Queen’s English and American English, …

Good Data Analysis to Do Good With Data: A DataDive Event Is Coming to North Carolina!

Monica Horvath Our Thots

Data is surely used to drive our decision-making as we interact with others, seek recreation, purchase goods and services, stay healthy, and work through our careers.  Data can also be used to understand root causes and unknown influences that wouldn’t be obvious to the naked eye.  In realizing the power of this, DataKind is a very special organization.  They bring …

big health data

Big Health Data is Getting Even Bigger for the UK

Monica Horvath Our Thots

Recently it came ‘over the wire’ that Validic has entered a partnership with one of the National Health Service Trusts in the UK to capitalize on its access to big health data.  Validic is a fascinating company as it provides services to act as sort of a nexus point for all of the different types of consumer-generated health data that …

Data Collection: From a Truckload to Instant Results

Michelle Buchecker Our Thots

In this TEDx Talk, Dr. Selanikio describes how data collection has changed over time due to changes in technology. He notes that the key to technology improvements is to make them accessible and easy to use. This has allowed many organizations who support healthcare-related fields to eschew the paper forms and input results electronically in real time. No longer do you …

Learning Tools

Learning Tools for Healthcare

Jennifer Smolka Healthcare Technology, Our Thots

“What’s your favorite gadget?” is one of the most common questions that I get from friends, family, and colleagues. For some people, gadgets and tools might be for construction, automobiles or sports. For me, it is technology, learning, and cooking. Yesterday, a higher education colleague who has award funding asked me for some recommendations of learning tools to purchase. One idea that …

Riddles in Health Data Privacy: The Case of the Tell Tale Pacemaker

Monica Horvath Our Thots

  The internet of ‘healthy’ things is the healthcare industry’s contribution to a high-velocity sea of Big Data.  Medical devices have become shockingly sophisticated.  They record and store incredible amounts of data, even those devices embedded inside of you. The privacy implications of using that data, when extrapolated to extreme scenarios, create quite a legal quagmire as well as fodder …

This February, Take Care of Yourself with Doses of Data and Heart Literacy

Monica Horvath Our Thots

Word association time–what does this month mean to you? I’m going to guess most people say ‘Valentine’s Day.’ But February is also notable as American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country (>1M lives annually!), but it is also one of the most preventable illnesses with proper use of exercise, diet, and medications, as …