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March 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
DataBytes is an NCDS-sponsored lunchtime webinar series that gives our members and the larger data community the chance to discuss the most pressing and interesting issues in data science. Webinars are generally held on the first Wednesday of every month, excluding July. All webinars are easily accessible from the NCDS homepage and from this page.
For March’s talk, Monica Horvath, Director of Health Intelligence at Thotwave Technologies, will present.
Abstract: Finding and retaining health analytics professionals is more difficult than ever. As other industries are embracing a data-driven mindset, healthcare is just now realizing that such competencies cannot be found overnight. This presentation will describe the competency gap in problem investigation and analytics literacy that is a reality for most healthcare organizations. There is great potential to grow health analytics by investing in internal candidates with the right thirst for data, even if they don’t’ have a traditional background. We will share case studies describing how organizations that lead in health analytics have approached this problem.
Examples include the conception of a development and mentoring plan to nurture skills and teach concepts using an organization’s own ‘dirty’ data. This approach can benefit both the employee seeking career development as well as the employer who has already invested time into growing staffs’ health data literacy. Finally, we will discuss the unteachable traits critical in all knowledge workers and explain how to craft a development plan that nurtures new competencies. Approaches such as these will be critical to closing the projected shortfall of analytics professionals in healthcare over the next decade.