I’m Hiring at UNC Health Care

Posted by Jason Burke on April 21, 2016
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For those that may be unaware, I’ve taken on a new role with the UNC Health Care System, and I am building a new team.  We are creating an innovative, industry-leading example of a system-wide health analytics organization – one that is truly focused on bringing advanced analytics, data sciences, agile engineering, and user enablement together to empower health care.  If you love data and want an opportunity to really see how it can improve patients’ lives in one of the nation’s leading academic medical systems, we just might have the perfect opportunity for you.

Go to UNC Health Care’s Career page and search on keywords “Enterprise Analytics” to see the current openings.  The site is constantly be updated with new roles, so check back often.

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Reflections on Medical Informatics World

Posted by Jason Burke on May 15, 2015
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I thought I would share a few items from last month’s Medical Informatics World 2015.  This was my first time attending the event, and I really enjoyed it.  Cambridge Healthtech Institute lined up a great group of topics and speakers that really covered the landscape of informatics.  They recorded my keynote, which can be seen here:

I also delivered a separate talk on enterprise architecture, which I will post separately later.  And I got the opportunity to share the stage with some of my favorite industry speakers during two panel discussions.

Medical Informatics World 2015 Opening Panel.  From left: Tariq Abu-Jaber, Phil Polakoff, Stanlet Huff, Steven Stack, and Jason Burke.  Image courtesy of Cambridge Healthtech Institute.

Medical Informatics World 2015 Opening Panel. From left: Tariq Abu-Jaber, Phil Polakoff, Stanlet Huff, Steven Stack, and Jason Burke. Image courtesy of Cambridge Healthtech Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Informatics World 2015 Final Panel.  From left: Eric Glazer, Gowtham Rao, John Halamka, Stephen Warren, Jason Burke, and J.D. Whitlock.  Image courtesy of Cambridge Healthtech Institute.

Medical Informatics World 2015 Final Panel. From left: Eric Glazer, Gowtham Rao, John Halamka, Stephen Warren, Jason Burke, and J.D. Whitlock. Image courtesy of Cambridge Healthtech Institute.

 

 

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High Performance in Medicine

Posted by Jason Burke on May 05, 2015
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I was asked to give a keynote presentation this week at the annual Medical Informatics World conference in Boston.  I thought I would share a copy of my talk for those that were not able to attend.

 

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Remembering Dr. Michael Rosenberg

Posted by Jason Burke on December 12, 2014
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Photo of Dr. Michael Rosenberg

Dr. Michael Rosenberg

I have struggled this week to accept the death of Dr. Michael Rosenberg, Founder and CEO of Health Decisions.  Michael was an inspiring friend to me, and one of a handful of people that regularly gave me confidence in innovation.

Michael and I would meet periodically at a local coffee shop.  These times for me were always treasured opportunities to connect with someone else passionate about our industry.  We talked about pharmaceutical and health industry trends, work, books, flying, and anything else that came to mind.  We had started making plans for some joint writing and speaking.  The coffee was always strong, the conversation was always great, and I can only hope he left these meetings with some sense of the rejuvenation that I always did.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate the rarity of people like Michael.  An entrepreneur physician and business leader who deeply understands clinical research, analytics, and technology is of course exceptional.  But beyond his impressive ability to crosswalk so many disciplines, the things I admire most were his unquenchable thirst for improvement, his passion for technology-enabled advancement, and his unending desire to help organizations and people bring medical treatments to patients faster and more efficiently.  Michael ran a highly successful company, but he earnestly wanted a better tomorrow.  Some people have careers; Michael had a mission.

He and I had one of our coffee sessions a few weeks ago, and I started to ask him why are you still doing this?  Many leaders at his level would have retired by now; in the game of business, he had already won.  So why keep doing the hard work of change?  But I didn’t ask him; I already knew the answer.  The vision has not been fully implemented yet.

Mission work can be hard and seemingly endless, but it can also be very rewarding, as Michael’s life and work regularly reminds me.  I have no doubt his vision for more efficient, data-driven, and adaptive clinical research will be fully realized in the near future.  It might happen through natural evolution, but my money is on the disruptors, the innovators, the mission-oriented people like Michael who refuse to accept the status quo.  I hope I’m there to see it.

In the meantime, it’s going to be a while before I can return to that particular coffee shop.  I already miss the sense of connection with someone who sees the opportunity for change, and is undaunted by it.  I will miss conversations that flow effortlessly between business, research, analytics, and technology.  But mostly, I will miss the spark-like energy in the eyes of a bright, gifted leader — an energy he always seemed able to rekindle in me even in difficult times like these.

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My Talk at the Healthcare Analytics Symposium 2014

Posted by Jason Burke on July 17, 2014
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Health Data Management invited me to come back this year for their annual Healthcare Analytics Symposium. Here is a copy of the talk I gave.

If you would like to see the talk I gave during the first year of the event, I covered it in a previous post which you can find here.  Thanks to HDM for the opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences on where we need to go in health analytics.

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