SAMSI's Advances in Precision and Personalized Medicine


I was pleased to be able to spend some time this week with the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). If you are not familiar with SAMSI, it is a partnership of Duke UniversityNorth Carolina State University (NCSU), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) focused on statistical and mathematical sciences. They held a great conference this week on Advanced in Precision and Personalized Medicine, and I was fortunate to be able to share some of the progress we’ve made at UNC Health Care in unlocking opportunities in data sciences and analytics. It was impressive to see so many people convened together on this topic. I wasn’t able to stay long, but did get the opportunity to see Glen Colopy’s presentation on monitoring for clinical deterioration, which was excellent.

HIMSS 2019

After taking a break for a few years, I was able to attend this year’s annual HIMSS conference. If you were unable to attend, I can sum up the industry trends in two words: interoperability and analytics. I was there for several days, and I never saw a presentation or exhibit that didn’t discuss analytics. It’s quite a contrast from even a few years ago.

The highlight of the event for me this year was being able to accept UNC Health Care’s award for reaching AMAM Stage 7. As one of the first and only organizations to ever reach the top, I could not be more proud of our teams at UNC Health Care. In addition, I was asked to give a talk on “How Practical Big Data Management Can Drive Value in Healthcare” (session BG5 held Monday Feb 11 at 2:30PM). I’ve posted my slides here if you would like to review the talk.

Triangle Health Innovation Challenge


I was delighted to be able to serve as a judge for the 2019 Triangle Health Innovation Challenge (THInC). It is always exciting to see clinicians and students from all different backgrounds collaborating on new ways of looking at health care problems. I was really impressed with several of the pitches I saw. If you are not familiar with the event, WRAL Techwire did a nice story about it. You can also find out more about this annual event at their website thincweekend.org.

Health Technology Symposium Today

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I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in today’s Health Technology Symposium: Health Ethics at the Intersection of Data and Technology being orchestrated by the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP). If you are not familiar with CHIP, you should be — it is a very unique interdisciplinary research and training program focusing on health informatics research, data sharing, development, and education. The program draws faculty, health care professionals, and students from across the UNC campus to conduct basic and translational research and to offer graduate training in health informatics for scientists across the disciplines and for clinicians in medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, and pharmacy. I’m fortunate to be able to serve on their Health IT Advisory Board, and always enjoy hearing about the tremendous work they do. See their Twitter feed for examples of their activities.

Sharing Models of Health Analytics Success

I’m honored to have been asked by HIMSS to share some of the models for success in developing health analytics capabilities at next week’s HIMSS Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in Boston, MA. As I shared in my last post, UNC Health Care is one of the first and only organizations to achieve Stage 7, the highest level of analytical capability development, as assessed by the HIMSS Analytics International Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity (AMAM). Along with Philip Bradley, regional director of North America for HIMSS Analytics, we will be talking about some of the competencies that are associated with these advanced stages of maturity. I hope you can join us!

I'm Hiring at UNC Health Care


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.

UNC / Duke Seminar: Making Medicine Smarter Through Analytics and Data Science


UNC, Duke, and other universities in our state have a joint Health Informatics Research Seminar series, and they were kind enough to ask me to come share some thoughts on the state of the health analytics industry. You can see a recording of the talk titled Making Medicine Smarter Through Analytics and Data Sciences by clicking the seminar broadcast link.