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Master Session: Beyond Big Data: Developing a Business Intelligence and Analytics Practice

Date & Time (Local)

Wednesday, May 02 to Friday, May 04 — 8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m


Christopher Looby, FACHE

Vice President

Agile Healthcare


San Diego     



As provider organizations grapple with a future of reduced payment, effective Business Intelligence (BI) and costing systems can help identify internal trends of increasing costs, as well as facilitate comparisons to evidence-based standards of care. New thinking about the business data and BI activity is required and must encompass more sophisticated decision-making that will become the heart of value-based service: integrated delivery of care across a continuum of healthcare conditions and providers and using new systems (clinical, costing, and operational). While focusing on big data is important, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. It’s also crucial to develop a strategy for identifying and acting on the relevant data (clinical, operational, and financial) for real-time decision making, future planning, process improvement, and results measurement.


As part of this seminar you'll learn the right questions to ask for developing a BI strategy, discover the benefits of creating an analytics practice that provides dynamic, actionable information to decision makers, discuss the creation of a BI analytics practice as well as a decision framework with your peers, review practitioner case studies that have used BI successfully to manage costs and improve clinical outcomes, and identify how to create real progress toward population health management. 

At the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Describe a robust BI capability: requirements, methods, boundaries and outcomes, including the essential elements of data, big data and data strategy, and use of relevant statistics to improve quality and decrease costs
  • Create a plan for simplifying data in order to amplify meaning and make better decisions
  • Identify methods for setting realistic expectations for analytics and data
  • Present data (data visualization) as information that will yield useful insights for those acting on that data, including clinicians and C-suite leaders
  • Create an individual plan for developing a robust analytics practice that uses data to strategically impact patient care, reduce costs, and improve quality in your organization

Tools & Takeaways:

A plan template for creating your organization’s BI analytics practice and the ability to make data-driven decisions




Detailed knowledge of healthcare finance, cost accounting and cost management, and budgeting concepts


21.5 CPEs


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