Big Data in Health Care

The management, interpretation, and application of big data will be a major challenge to health care organizations in the next decade. The flood of data from numerous sources, such as the biomedical research literature, electronic health records, lab and imaging systems, pharmacy transactions, numerous IT infrastructure systems, on-site and remote patient monitoring, geospatial data, biosurveillance, email and social media, and sentiment analysis, threatens to overwhelm the ability of health care practitioners to keep up. This presentation will discuss opportunities and issues in this emerging field.

Biography of Speaker

Dr. Yan Chow is Director of Kaiser Permanente (KP) Information Technology’s Innovation & Advanced Technology Group (IAT). IAT identifies, assesses, and makes internal recommendations on new and emerging clinical information technologies that will impact health care in the next two to five years.  IAT is affiliated with KP’s Sidney R. Garfield Center for Health Care Innovation, an advanced 37,000-sf laboratory for care delivery simulation. The Center houses a full-sized medical/surgical ward, OR, L&D suite, outpatient offices, and a home environment. New space designs, technologies, and workflows are tested in as real a setting as possible without risk to patients or disruption of operations.

Dr. Chow has had a successful clinical practice at KP for several decades. He was also involved in regional IT management, overseeing a number of operational systems for 60,000 providers at 60 sites. He also led experimental projects such as KP’s first PC interface for mainframes and created KP’s first networking forum for physicians.

Dr. Chow has founded and advised a number of startups in the Internet, health care technology, storage, and database spaces. He has 3 U.S. patents and has been an author and invited speaker at industry conferences.

Dr. Chow earned his A.B. with honors from Harvard University and his M.D. from the University of California at San Diego. In 2005 he received his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he graduated as valedictorian.

Information on Kaiser Permanente

Founded in 1945, Oakland, California-based Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit integrated health care system with 17,000 physicians, 173,000 employees, 37 medical centers, 611 medical offices, 9 million health plan members in 10 states, and annual revenues of $49+ billion. Kaiser Permanente comprises the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and the Permanente Medical Groups.

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