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Actioning Analytics: the last mile problem

Greg Nelson Our Thots

The Olympics and Analytics: Journeys to fame and fortune Just as the ancient Greeks believed that fire was a divine element, data is the essential element – or lifeblood – of the modern enterprise. Recently, one of my colleagues Monica Horvath, Ph.D. likened the process of making analytics actionable to the Olympic Torch Relay. The Olympic Torch Relay starts several months …

Difference between Analytics and Big Data, Data Science and Informatics

Greg Nelson Our Thots

  Analytics is one of those fantastical words that can be used to mean just about anything we want it to mean. According to Merriam-Webster, analytics is “the method of logical analysis.” defines analytics as “the science of logical analysis”.  Unfortunately, both definitions use the root word of “analysis” in the definition which seems a bit like cheating. Analysis …

Crowd in Shape of a Person

To Crack the Code of Population Health, There is No Endpoint. Only a Journey.

Monica Horvath Our Thots

I am an avid follower of the NEJM Catalyst site (if you don’t follow it, you are really missing out). Recently, I was elated to see a blog post by Chris DeRienzo, MD, MPP on Leading Quality in Changing Times from his vantage point of System Chief Quality Officer at Mission Health. He articulates four organizing principles for population health management that …

the elusive data scientist

#ShiftHappens: Why We Can No Longer Rely on Developing Skills for Healthcare Analytics

Greg Nelson Our Thots

Developing Healthcare Workforce Competencies Recently, we presented at a healthcare analytics conference where we shared our perspective on “the elusive data scientist” – an overused, often misunderstood moniker used to describe those that have the technical, quantitative, methodological, industry domain knowledge and the soft-skills required to spin data into change. Our perspective is perhaps a bit different from most in …

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, …