Learn to speak the same health care language

Take a trip around the world and you’ll hear a lot of different languages, including some you probably won’t understand without a translator.

Data is the language of today’s health care system. But a patient’s journey through that system collects data from a variety of sources in many different formats. It’s hard for anyone to comprehend it all. That’s where analytics come in.

The challenge for health care organizations is to merge and transform data from disparate sources into a single coherent view of patients. Sophisticated analytics allow for a more complete understanding of patients and their individual journeys.

At South by Southwest® (SXSW), on March 9, attendees heard a presentation from two leading Optum analytics experts. The session called “Using Analytics to Improve the Patient Journey” was led by Joy Brown, the Vice President of Delivery and Advanced Analytic Applications at Optum Life Sciences, and Sarah London, the Chief Product Officer for Optum Analytics.

They explained how ― by combining various data into a comprehensive view of patients ― analytics can create a common language that’s understandable to all stakeholders. What’s more, it can be applied not only at the individual level but also to populations of patients.

Curating data to create a common language is a critical building block of health care intelligence. Learn more here.

About the Author:

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Steve Griffiths, SVP and Chief Operating Officer, Optum Enterprise Analytics, Optum

Steve Griffiths has more than 20 years’ experience in health analytics management, and currently heads up the Optum Enterprise Analytics organization. His main focus is to drive growth and innovation through Optum products and services. Steve has a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Washington, and a PhD in health services research, policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.

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