Advancing Data Analytics in HealthcareCommunity of Action
Moving toward a predictive analytics environment

The amount of data available to healthcare organizations today is staggering and the pressure on organizations to use this data is growing at a faster rate. With complex funding formulas driven by data, increasing personalization of medicine, and the rise of adverse events in health, it is even more imperative that a solid base of health analytics become a growing force in healthcare organizations.

While analytics is sometimes viewed as a subset of larger department, it is becoming more frequent to have an organization make business intelligence/analytics its own area within the organization. Further, analytics is starting to fraction off into subsets of its own with clinical analytics, population health analytics, etc.

Currently there is no defined path into health analytics careers, often titled Decision Support Analyst (mainly in Ontario), Business Analyst, Data Analyst, or generally a specialist in analytics. A lack of community, direction, and funding for organizations is stunting the growth of this industry and putting smaller sites at an increasing disadvantage.

Digital Health Canada is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of this field with its success in bringing the health informatics field to the state it currently is within Canada. There are several similarities between the state of health informatics 20 years ago and health analytics today. The experience of going through this process will assist in developing health analytics into a cohesive field in Canada.

This Community of Action will begin by looking at the various ways in which health analytics is viewed in Canada, specifically, how people enter the field and what educational background they possess.

Team

  • Lead: Victoria Aceti Chlebus As a decision support analyst and currently an interim manager of business planning and analytics at a large community hospital in Northern Ontario, there are several issues I face in terms of developing analytics skills and broadening analytics capacity within the organization, as well as furthering our abilities to move beyond descriptive to a true predictive analytics environment.

Outcome

  • The end result of this Community of Action will be a report into what data analytics looks like in Canada today. We hope to develop an understanding of the potential education paths for future analysts, as well as build a larger supporting community that will work to advance data analytics in healthcare.