MACHINE LEARNING & AI FOR HEALTHCARE: A HIMSS EVENT

Boston, MA
Westin Copley Place
June 13-14, 2019

Bala Hota

Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer
Rush University Medical Center

Bala Hota is a vice president, chief analytics officer, associate chief medical officer, and associate chief information officer at Rush University Medical Center. He is also a board certified infectious diseases physician and professor of medicine. His focus at RUMC has been the development of tools and systems to measure and improve quality of care, and advance data science.

Dr. Hota has, through effective use of information technology, developed software products to automate condition reporting and surveillance for public health departments; improved workflows using the EMR to recapture $50M in improved revenue cycle; developed a big data and statistical consulting group to enable advanced analytics and data science on demand; and has successfully built and commercialized software for the measurement of comorbidities for accurate risk adjustment. He has also modeled academic productivity in Informatics, publishing 57 articles on various informatics related topics.

Most recently he has focused on quality measurement, identifying and publishing on issues in the US News Hospital Ranking Methodology and the CMS Star Rating System. In both instances, the rating systems were improved following the proposals. He is always interested in finding novel methods to leverage information technology to improve the care patients receive.

June 13, 2019
11:25am - 11:45pm
America Ballroom

In this second of three case studies on building analytics maturity, Bala Hota, MD, vice president and chief analytics officer at Rush University Medical Center, a 669 bed academic medical center, advances the discussion from creating a team to maximizing impact. Sharing his experience from Rush, Dr. Hota will discuss the keys to creating a coherent analytics strategy and how to pick projects that matter, especially for improving clinical care.  

As Dr. Hota will explain, success depends on:

  • Determining what caregivers really want, and enhancing, not inhibiting, their workflow.
  • Build trust by executing.
  • Providing avenues for input and governance.
  • Empower users with insights.
  • Building support with the c-suite by demonstrating and visualizing success with dashboards.
June 13, 2019
12:10pm - 12:30pm
America Ballroom

Over the past hour, three leading healthcare organizations have discussed key stops on the road to analytics maturity: creating a team, developing a strategy, and evolving and maintaining your program. In this session, James Gaston, senior director of maturity models for HIMSS Analytics, shares key takeaways from these earlier discussions and moderates a Q&A with the speakers and audience. This is a great chance for attendees to engage with experienced healthcare analytic experts and to dig deeper into issues important to their organizations.

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