It’s not just about WASTE in healthcare, it’s also about TRASH

According to a recent JAMA review, the cost of waste in the U.S. healthcare system ranges from $760 billion to $935 billion annually.[1] This waste is attributed to administration complexity, pricing, failure of care delivery, overtreatment or low-value care, fraud and abuse, and effectiveness of care coordination. But what about actual waste – the waste […]

Why Healthcare Data Fails to be Information

And How to Build Actionable Insights from Healthcare Data Written by Megan Bultema, Ph.D., Chief Data Scientist and Ben Doremus, B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Data Scientist DATA ≠ INFORMATION It is rare to find a modern healthcare system which does not purport to make “Evidence based decisions.” Even the most primitive surgical settings […]

Four Lessons for Working with Surgeons

Written by Wendy Gort, MBA, Data Scientist/Analyst   In my twelve years of experience as a healthcare data analyst, I’ve discovered that working with surgeons can be incredibly rewarding, yet equally challenging.  I’ve worked with many different types of clinicians, and while they all possess admirable qualities, I have grown to appreciate the unique relationship […]

Cohorts: Using More Meaningful Data to Identify Unwarranted Clinical Variation

Written by Megan Bultema, Ph.D., Chief Data Scientist Healthcare systems across the country rely on data to help solve one of the largest challenges they face — how to improve the value of the care they deliver to patients by reducing cost and improving quality. Data, however, is not a magic wand, and traditional ways of […]

Data Scientist Beware – Your Models Aren’t That Good – Here’s Why

Written by Damian Minglez, Chief Data Scientist, SwitchPoint Ventures and Empiric Data Science Team Many organizations think all Data Scientists are created equal (after all, they all have the same bag of tricks) and companies apply pressure to put models into production. Unfortunately, many Data Scientists are not challenged to justify their results and the organization […]

Improving Surgical Outcomes with Analytics Enabled Consulting

The Big Data era has ushered in a new wave of technology to help healthcare systems stabilize costs and drive better patient outcomes. The complexity of healthcare systems requires a combination of knowledge, technology and strategy to significantly impact costs and outcomes – especially in perioperative departments, which are a major cost driver for hospitals. […]