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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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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An Uphill Climb: Applying Military Intelligence To Manage Data At Intermountain

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

[Below is the latest in a blog series in which Dale Sanders explores the “combination of fate, luck, planning and preparation that rolls together and creates a career.” Click to read Part 1 and Part 2] My search for the leading healthcare organizations in computer-aided decision-making that met the time-critical and life-critical requirements didn’t last very long. There […]

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