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Healthcare Analytics: Right-Brain Advice in a Left-Brain World

U.S. healthcare is badly missing the soft, human side of healthcare analytics, especially as it impacts clinicians. How do we fix that? This webinar explores those ideas.

You won’t hear Dale talk about SQL, inner joins, outer joins, R, Python, logistic regression, random forest, or convolutional neural networks but instead, in this webinar he talks about the principles and philosophy of analytics.

For the most part, we’ve figured out the technology of analytics. That is all left-brain thinking—analytical, logical and methodical in nature—and it is literally getting easier every day with new data technology. But, in healthcare, we’re missing the right-brain thinking—creative and artistic in nature—that has almost nothing to do with technology but has everything to do with the human side of pursuing “data driven healthcare.”

Right-brain thinking is required for the oddities and shortcomings of healthcare data, and how to manage those shortcomings in the context of delivering data to the humans who we hope will consume it. The right-brain relates to the personality characteristics of the people who are leading your analytics strategy. It relates to the leadership culture of the organization and where that culture resides on a scale of transparency, internally and externally. The right-brain relates to behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, human decision making theories, and the fundamental factors that motivate or demotivate human behavior. The right-brain relates to concepts like experimental design and PICO—patients, interventions, comparisons, and outcomes—that, if followed, can make your analytics more truthful and believable. It has to do with the way we negotiate and structure performance-based contracts that are loaded with quality metrics that either measure things that can’t be measured accurately or may measure the wrong thing, altogether.

You see, right-brained thinking in this left-brain world of analytics relates to a bunch of things, but mostly it relates to the Golden Rule of Data. Do unto others with data as you would have them do unto you.

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