Analytic Public Goods: A Dance of Governance and Technology

“No technology will give you that; you need governance.” I’ve been hearing this expression for the past few months from vendors who offer data integration products and services to support an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and metadata management. They utter the expression when we ask how their offering meets one of our requirements: at the […]

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Data Security Without Alcatraz

Like many organizations, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s current state for data, reporting, business intelligence and analytics is emergent rather than designed. Information Services (IS) manages the transactional systems producing data, but it never has had the infrastructure or the capacity to respond to all information needs across the enterprise. To meet demand, it began distributing data […]

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The Role Of Technology In Breaking Down Silos Between Finance and QI

I have been leading the QI data analytic team at Cincinnati Children’s for more than four years.  This team has developed expertise and systems around managing data and deploying analytic methods for patient-centered improvement opportunities in areas such as safety, wait times, and disease outcomes. The QI data analytic team has never tackled cost in […]

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Swivel Chairs and Shared Screens: How Physical Proximity Can Boost Productivity

“The single thing that has most boosted my productivity this year has been having Matt sit next to me.” The person speaking was one of my senior healthcare analytic professionals.  She handles the patient safety portfolio, which includes measures that are populated with “difficult data.” For example, if the goal is to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, […]

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Breaking It Down Before Building Up: What CIOs Need to Know About EDWs

My name is Yiscah Bracha, and I am a healthcare analytics professional. I have an MS in Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Health Services Research, with more than 20 years of experience deploying analytic methods to help physicians understand how to improve their patients’ health outcomes and care. You may be thinking about implementing an […]

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