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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High Quality Data is a Necessity for Analytics

by Trevor Strome May 26, 2014

I recently published an article on that discusses how productive healthcare analytics requires high-quality data. A few excerpts from the article are: In the age of big data and enterprise data warehouses, issues of data volume, system scalability and infrastructure management simply cannot be ignored. It is possible, though, that in our rush to incorporate […]

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Overview of “Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement”

by Trevor Strome May 20, 2014

Naturally, I get asked a lot of questions about what topics and content my book “Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement” covers. This is especially so because healthcare analytics is a very expansive topic, and the audience for such a book is wide-ranging. To find out more about my book, you can download a […]

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Why your “secure” password isn’t any good, and what to do about it.

by Trevor Strome May 7, 2014

While doing research on information security relating to healthcare analytics, I came across an interesting article by Melanie Pinola about how common tricks we use to “secure” our passwords aren’t fooling the bad guys any more. In her article, she lists four strategies for creating and using more secure passwords: Avoid predictable password formulas (hint: passwords like […]

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Embedded Healthcare Analytics – Benefits and Challenges

by Trevor Strome February 19, 2014

Most healthcare organizations (HCOs) possess some degree of business intelligence or analytics capability. In typical HCOs, this capability likely consists of data from source systems being stored in an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) or other storage repository; and analytics, Business Intelligence, and reporting is provided by one or more special-purpose tools. This arrangement offers little, […]

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Five Critical Things to Know about Healthcare Data Prior to Use in Analytics

by Trevor Strome February 3, 2014

As health IT becomes more sophisticated, having more data is indeed a good thing. It can be argued, however that as the number of potential healthcare data items that can be analyzed in modern clinical systems continues to grow, analysts have less understanding of the data compared to when databases were much smaller and used […]

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Healthcare Analytics New Years 2014 Update

by Trevor Strome January 6, 2014

First of all, I’d like to wish a very happy New Year to everyone, and all the best in 2014! The past year, 2013, was a banner year with the publication of my book Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement, and 2014 promises to be even more exciting! This upcoming year, I will be […]

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Three Main Barriers to Widespread Analytics Use in Healthcare Organizations

by Trevor Strome November 14, 2013

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 in hardcover and e-reader formats. Analytics excellence, as it relates to healthcare quality improvement, occurs when the strategies, people, processes, and technologies are applied to improvement initiatives and […]

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Healthcare Analytics INSIGHTS – Week of November 4 in Review

by Trevor Strome November 7, 2013

The weekly dozen Here is a selection of the 12 most interesting healthcare analytics related articles I came across this week on the web. If you come across (or write) an article that would be of interest to readers, please send it along via Twitter or email and I’ll include it in an upcoming […]

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Free Chapter Download from “Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement” Now Available!

by Trevor Strome November 1, 2013

Chapter 1 available for download I am pleased to make Chapter 1 of my book Healthcare Analytics for Quality and Performance Improvement available for free download! (Click here to download Chapter 1.) Entitled “Toward Healthcare Improvement using Analytics”, Chapter 1 sets the premise of the book, that healthcare analytics are a necessity if healthcare organizations […]

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