Data Warehouses and Disease Surveillance — What Can We Do Now?

Dale Sanders, SVP for Strategy, Health Catalyst (former CIO, Cayman Islands HSA)

So what do we do in the near term? Is there anything we can do, realistically, to better track the progress of diseases like Ebola, given our existing ecosystem of information systems in healthcare? As you can see from the list below, we could do better than nothing and the existing state of affairs, but any current […]

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Disease Monitoring and Data Warehouses

Dale Sanders, SVP for Strategy, Health Catalyst (former CIO, Cayman Islands HSA)

We could easily justify a 30-page paper on this topic, but I don’t have time for that, so while it’s hot, I’m going to offer a few thoughts and observations on disease surveillance based upon my experience in the trenches of healthcare data. I hope that others with similar experiences will share your thoughts by submitting […]

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What’s Happening in Healthcare Analytics?

Dale Sanders, SVP for Strategy, Health Catalyst (former CIO, Cayman Islands HSA)

As I travel around the country and chat with folks in our industry about analytics, I see topics of interest come and go in the data warehousing and analytics space.  Below are the trends and topics that are hot right now, listed in no particular order, along with the questions that organizations are struggling to […]

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Is It Time To Eliminate Meaningful Use?

Dale Sanders, SVP for Strategy, Health Catalyst (former CIO, Cayman Islands HSA)

The core premise in this blog is: Federal Meaningful Use (MU) requirements are well-intended, but like a teacher who “teaches to the test,” the program created a very complicated system that might pass the test of MU, but is not producing meaningful results for patients and clinicians. As reported in MedScape, the first formal study […]

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What Does Actionable Data Actually Mean?

Dale Sanders, SVP for Strategy, Health Catalyst (former CIO, Cayman Islands HSA)

“Actionable data” is a term that has been tossed around for years, right? How many times have you heard this: “The key to analytics success is providing actionable data.” Okay, but what does that mean, really? Here I am, a data warehouse and analytics design guy… how can I measure whether the systems I design […]

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