Healthcare Analytics: Lessons Learned From My Pickup Truck

Since “The Dashboard” is the anointed metaphor for “Healthcare Analytics,” I decided to take a hard look at the dashboard on my 15-year-old pickup truck to see if I could learn anything about designing dashboards for healthcare. Turns out the visual design of my pickup truck’s dashboard has plenty to say. I’ll start with the good. […]

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Do Blogs Still Matter?

Lose weight? Move to Marfa? Get professional help for my AAD (Android App Download) habit? Yes it’s resolution time again, and along with all of the other weighty issues of life, I’m wondering if I should continue to write my occasional blog at false-dilemma.com. Does it matter? I’ve spent a lot of time with Google […]

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Orange Juice, Napoleon, And Analytics

There are lots of messages filling up my voice mailbox from folks wanting to sell me something they call ‘Analytics.’ Some tell me I need to buy a data warehouse. Others say I need dashboards. One guy insists I really need his company’s data model. I’m old, tired, and confused, so I decided to develop my own framework for […]

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Executive Belief Trumps Executive Support

I am flying home from yet another “computer conference,” and this gin-and-tonic has put me in an overly reflective state of mind. For several days, I have listened to wholesome young professionals present their project case studies. Regardless of the subject, every presentation had one thing in common. By the third slide, each speaker proudly proclaimed — as […]

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Kirk Kirksey, VP & CIO, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Chapter 3

Learning from the Aztecs
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”
The dangers of starting too big
“You’re only going to be a partner with me if you want to assume risk.”
Vendor negotiation
Balancing “lively discussion” with respect
Passion for teaching — “There is such a misunderstanding about what health IT is”

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