Not Your Father’s Training

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Hello! My name is Michelle Buchecker and I am the Director of Technical Training Services here atThotWave Technologies. Over the coming weeks and months I will be sharing with you training specific information on this blog, but today I’d like to start off with more generalities. I started my training career as a SAS instructor way back in 1991. Back …

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

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By Monica Horvath and Greg Nelson It is quite trendy in the worlds of Big Data and Analytics to associate data repositories and conduits with water based phraseology.  These metaphors are extremely useful to marketers, high-level executives, and business development officers within the vendor community to describe what are very complicated architectures through layers of abstraction.    The danger of this, …

(analyst responsibility for health data security and privacy)

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by Greg Nelson & Monica Horvath It seems like a day doesn’t pass without a new report of a health data breach.  All participants in the healthcare ecosystem are vulnerable—payers, providers, vendors, consultants, and researchers.  For the cases that get much media coverage, a finger-pointing game ensues among the usual suspects.  Then we have the regular post-event debates as to …

How many cotton balls fit into a Boeing 747? What an ‘interesting’ thing to measure…

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by Monica Horvath, PhD Individuals working within healthcare know their efficacy is evaluated in part by an alphabet soup of nationally-recommended metrics.  In fact, there are almost as many committees of metric creators as there are metrics to follow.   But the guidelines for these measurements are not thrown together lightly.  They are conceived by caring, capable groups of experts who …

The Other F-Words: Fear, Frustration, and Fascination with Big Health Data

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by Monica Horvath, PhD It seems lately that ‘analytics’ and ‘big data’ are inescapable terms in most technology sectors.  Even the most banal items in our lives are achieving an artificial intelligence of sorts to help us with daily decisions.   But healthcare organizations have only recently started to adopt data-driven lifestyles.  Harnessing ‘big data’ power will touch every participant in …

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere

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(with thanks to Dr. Suess) My name is Monica Horvath, and I joined ThotWave with the New Year as the Health Analytics Lead.  I arrive with 8 years’ experience from Duke Medicine, a world-class academic health system located in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. I served most recently as the Team Lead for Health Intelligence and Research Services.  Under the direction of the …

Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA) Presentation

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The word “analytics” and phrase “big data” are all the buzz in healthcare right now. While we are naturally excited about the promotion (since healthcare analytics consulting is what we do!) we see the confusion and intimidation these words are generating at all levels of provider organizations. ThotWave is committed to help educate and thereby minimize any misunderstandings about what …

Transparency in Healthcare—The Time is Now

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by Carol Dorn Sanders For my 20+ years working in the healthcare industry, the actual cost of providing care has been a mystery. Hospitals and providers knew what they charged for care, and insurance companies knew what they paid in claims, but rarely were they the same number. And never did either reflect the actual cost of care. For healthcare …

ACHE Congress 2014—My Top Five Takeaways

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by Carol Dorn Sanders I had the fortunate opportunity to be among the 4,600 attendees at the recent American College of Healthcare Executives’ Congress in Chicago. There are many invaluable networking and educational opportunities afforded to attendees at Congress, which make it difficult to decide among sessions—from Hot Topics to Luncheons and Lectures. This year was no exception, but I made some …

Celebrating 10 Years

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Ten years ago, ThotWave Technologies was formed. Our goal then, as now, was to help your organization get more value out of the data and information you collect. But over the past ten years, ThotWave has evolved into a company that can not only help turn your data into thinking data — data that is more coherent, accessible, usable, and …