2014DataAnalyticsSummitTorontoThe Third National Summit on Healthcare Data Analytics is coming to Toronto, Ontario December 2-3, 2014. I’m honored to be chairing this outstanding event this year, as there is an outstanding lineup of speakers. There are expert speakers attending from across North America and internationally.

Several of the timely and important topics include:

  • population health management
  • data privacy and security
  • quality improvement
  • big data in healthcare

I am also conducting two half-day workshops in association with this summit. On December 1,2014, my workshop is “Healthcare Analytics 101: Analytics Essentials for Today’s Healthcare Organization”. The workshop I’m conducting on December 4, 2014 is “Develop a Strategic Analytics Framework that Drives Quality and Performance Improvement”.

I will be posting much more about this exciting event in future articles. In the mean time, I invite you to visit the Summit website to learn more about how this important event will help keep you current with the latest in healthcare analytics, big data, and data science. Keep up to date with the latest tweets on the Summit by following @HealthDataCA.

I hope to see you in Toronto in December 2014!


Healthcare analytics professionals and data scientists access and use healthcare data on a near-constant basis. Whether it is for designing dashboards or building predictive models, the use of sensitive information is a necessity in efforts to leverage analytics to improve healthcare.

Also essential, however, is keeping the private health information that we access and use secure and private. That is why it is important for analysts and data scientists working in healthcare to understand the rules and regulations around security and privacy of health information. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is something that most people in healthcare have heard something about, yet relatively few truly understand the details, implications and impact of this important legislation.

In my article on Search Health IT, I outline the key features of HIPAA, especially as it relates to the use of healthcare data by analysts and data scientists.

Essentially, HIPAA provides healthcare professionals (and anybody who needs to work with protected health information) with guidelines around how to protect it. Worryingly, there are still many healthcare administrators, clinicians and analysts who consider information security and protection of privacy to be in the realm of the IT professionals. This common but too-narrow view belies the many ways in which protected health information can be exposed, and the many necessary precautions required to counter the threat of data breaches.

I invite you to read the complete article on SearchHealthIT.com to learn more about how this important legislation affects you, and how you use health information.


Big Data and Data Science – A Statistician’s View

by Trevor Strome September 12, 2014

While the various methods and technologies associated with Big Data and Data Science offer exciting potential to dramatically improve the business and clinical insight available to healthcare professionals (both clinical and administrative), there is no shortage of hype associated with them either. Oftentimes what is missing from the discussion is an objective look at the [...]

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The Five-Point “Systems Check” for Analytical Healthcare Organizations

by Trevor Strome September 10, 2014

Healthcare Organizations (HCOs) are undergoing an incredible amount of change. Whether addressing regulatory changes, financial pressures, or quality and performance issues, HCOs require insight into their business and clinical operations to identify where problems exist, and to evaluate efforts to address those problems. In my recent article on SearchHealthIT.com, I share a few common capability-maturity [...]

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Analytics Play an Essential Role in Improving Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Value

by Trevor Strome September 9, 2014

This posting is an extracted and abridged selection from my book “Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement”, published by John Wiley & Sons Inc., and available at Amazon.com in hardcover and e-reader formats. Quality from the patient’s perspective From the patient’s perspective, healthcare is often thought of in terms of quality and expressed in questions such [...]

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Presentation: Developing a Strategic Analytics Framework that Drives Healthcare Transformation

by Trevor Strome September 4, 2014

I have been getting many requests from people who read my blog and who have seen me present to share my “Strategic Analytics Framework” slide stack, so I have posted a version of that presentation on SlideShare.net, which you can view below. Based on Chapter 3 of my book “Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance [...]

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Creating a Healthcare Analytics Strategic Framework for Quality and Performance Improvements (Live Online Seminar)

by Trevor Strome August 11, 2014

I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting a two-part series entitled “Healthcare Analytics: A Strategic Framework for Quality and Performance Improvements” in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health Informatics (NIHI). The two-part series will be offered on October 8 and 15 at 12:00 PM ET. Click here for more information and [...]

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A Primer on Secure Messaging for Healthcare

by Trevor Strome July 9, 2014

Mobile devices are one of the largest contributors of data for healthcare analytics. Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are being used increasingly for “traditional” healthcare purposes (such as accessing Electronic Health Records, or EHRs). Perhaps more significantly, however, these devices are being used at an increasing rate by patients for accessing their own [...]

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Healthcare Analytics textbook ideal for university- and college-level courses

by Trevor Strome July 7, 2014

Many readers of my blog will know that my first book, Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., was released in October 2013. One important niche that my book addresses is the need for a university- or college-level healthcare analytics text that is useful for both experienced and [...]

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HealthcareAnalytics.info Now Inviting Guest Bloggers

by Trevor Strome July 3, 2014

If you have an opinion to share, knowledge to relate, a book to review, or any other healthcare analytics insight you’d like to write about, consider writing a guest post on HealthcareAnalytics.info. I would welcome original, high-quality guest blog posts that cover almost any healthcare analytics topic, ranging from data quality and governance, data visualization, [...]

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