January 2016 Educational Program

January 14, 5:30pm, EST - 8:00pm, EST

Networking from 5:30 to 6:15 with refreshments

Key Bridge Marriott|1401 Lee Highway|Arlington, VA


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Have the Data. Have the Tools. So What are The Right Questions?

While the buzz continues around big data and advanced analytics, our healthcare system is evolving into a Learning Healthcare System. To continue this progression then we have to figure out how to ask the right questions of the data in order to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and lower costs within the healthcare system. Federal agencies involved in Health IT have made million dollar investments in tools, technologies, and infrastructure, yet many organizations are using only a portion of their functionality. In some agencies there is a proliferation of open source data and in others there are gaps and voids. All have access to a variety of the infrastructure, tools, and technologies to aggregate, standardize, mine, and analyze data.

How does an agency decide what to focus on, what are the right questions needed to be answered in big data analytics that have and will drive current and future change? Agencies continue to need statistical analysis and data science to produce the advanced analytics that will produce actionable insights. Agencies are looking for better collaboration between clinical and operational specialists and analytics service providers so that the analysis is aimed at the problems that the agencies most need to solve. This session will focus on the activities within the agencies that create answers to questions and solve problems. We will focus on the lessons learned in tackling a focused analysis to produce recommendations that get results.

  1. What are the right questions of data to achieve the desired outcomes?
  2. What measurements incent or penalize for the best results?
  3. What analytics have produced actionable insights?
  4. What is the best way to get clinical or operational and IT to collaborate to solve specific problems?
  5. How do you fully leverage analytics tools to measure and answer the right questions? 
  • Jesus Caban, Chief, Clinical & Research Informatics at NICoE, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Defense Health Agency (DHA) (CONFIRMED)
  • Warren Kibbe, Head of the Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), National Cancer Institute (NCI) (CONFIRMED)
  • Ray Wedgeworth, Director, Data Analytics and Systems Group, Center for Program Integrity (CPI), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (CONFIRMED)
  • Elaine Hunolt, Co-Director, Office of Interoperability, Health Informatics, Office of Informatics and Analytics (OIA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) (CONFIRMED)
  • Jean Moody-Williams, Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), (CONFIRMED)
  • Dr. Cecil Lynch, Global Chief Medical Information Officer and Big Data Architecture for Health, Payer & Life Sciences Lead, Accenture
  • Marcia DeFalco, Civilian Health, Business Development Director, Accenture Federal Services (AFS)

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This program is approved for up to 1.5 continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) and the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS).