From manual Excel mashing to practical analytics at Big Data 2015

How to extract real, practical value from big healthcare data is the theme of the Big Data conference being held in Sydney later this month, organised by the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA).

With an opening address by Zoran Bolevich, the acting CEO/CIO of eHealth NSW, Big Data will feature representatives from a number of jurisdictions and academic institutions as well as overseas speakers, including Isaac Kohane of the Centre for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School.

The first day of the conference will feature a debate on whether every healthcare CEO needs a measurement for how they manage and get value out of their information assets. Debaters will include Teresa Anderson, CEO of the Sydney Local Health District, Michael Costello, director of innovation, strategy and architecture at eHealth NSW, George Margelis, health and life sciences lead at Intel Australia, and Trish Williams of the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University.

There will also be four masterclasses on practical big data analytics, including presentations by:

  • Alan Stein from HP Software, who will discuss how the HP Healthcare Analytics solution enables self-service analytics on a wide range of structured and unstructured healthcare data. The masterclass will show how the tool allows a variety of manipulations to be performed on data from EMR and medical IT systems including clinical narratives.
  • Kunal Taneja, senior systems engineer from Cloudera, on how its Enterprise Data Hub can make it economical and technically feasible to keep up with modern data by storing and managing it in a single system, regardless of its format or access patterns.
  • Norm Good, a statistician with the CSIRO, who will provide an introduction to 'R', a suite of software facilities for reading and manipulating data, computation, conducting statistical analysis and displaying the results.
  • Yang Yang, senior solution architect with Qlik, on how the company's new Qlik Sense next-generation visual analytics platform can enable people to move on from the tyranny of manual Excel data mashing to truly realise the value in data.

Day two features sessions on population health, convergence medicine, health services and practice-based evidence, and patient analytics and clinical decision making.

Keynote speeches include a presentation by University of SA research professor Libby Roughead on improved health outcomes as a result of identifying medication-related problems through analytics, and another by Centre for Health Informatics director Enrico Coiera on using data for building quality and safety at the health system level.

Big Data 2015 is being held at the Swissotel Sydney on October 20 and 21. See the conference website for more information.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: HISA


0 # George Margelis 2015-10-07 11:00
Looking forward to attending this event. There is a lot of scope for Australia to take a leading role in the region in the use of big data in healthcare. We need to take advantage of it now.
0 # Jon Patrick 2015-10-09 09:43
BIG TEXT is currently the poor relation to BIG DATA yet 80% of the medical record is contained in the text. Natural Language processing is now reaching levels of accuracy that would enable it to infuse Big Data analytics with serious content to significantly extend its reach. I'm looking forward to seeing how far we have come in this field over the 2 days of presentations at the conference.

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