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1st Edition

Big Data and Health Analytics

ISBN 9781482229233
Published December 20, 2014 by Auerbach Publications
382 Pages 12 Color & 74 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Data availability is surpassing existing paradigms for governing, managing, analyzing, and interpreting health data. Big Data and Health Analytics provides frameworks, use cases, and examples that illustrate the role of big data and analytics in modern health care, including how public health information can inform health delivery.

Written for health care professionals and executives, this is not a technical book on the use of statistics and machine-learning algorithms for extracting knowledge out of data, nor a book on the intricacies of database design. Instead, this book presents the current thinking of academic and industry researchers and leaders from around the world.

Using non-technical language, this book is accessible to health care professionals who might not have an IT and analytics background. It includes case studies that illustrate the business processes underlying the use of big data and health analytics to improve health care delivery.

Highlighting lessons learned from the case studies, the book supplies readers with the foundation required for further specialized study in health analytics and data management. Coverage includes community health information, information visualization which offers interactive environments and analytic processes that support exploration of EHR data, the governance structure required to enable data analytics and use, federal regulations and the constraints they place on analytics, and information security.

Links to websites, videos, articles, and other online content that expand and support the primary learning objectives for each major section of the book are also included to help you develop the skills you will need to achieve quality improvements in health care delivery through the effective use of data and analytics.

Table of Contents

Little Big Data: Mastering Existing Information as a Foundation for Big Data. Managing Unstructured Data in a Health Care Setting. Experiences with Linking Data Systems for Analyzing Large Data. The Ecosystem of Federal Big Data and Its Use in Health Care. Big Data from the Push of Clinical Information: Harvesting User Feedback for Continuing Education. Addressing Social Determinants of Health Using Big Data. An International Perspective: Institutionalizing Quality Improvement through Data Utilization at a Multicountry, Multiclinic Level. Big Data: Architecture and Its Enablement. Health Data Governance: Balancing Best Practices for Data Governance and Management with User Needs. Roadblocks, Regulation, and Red Tape: How American Health Policy and Industry Norms Threaten the Big Data Revolution.Education and Training of Health Informaticists. Interactive Visualization. Driving Successful Population Health Management and Achieving Triple Aim with Clinical Analytics. Improving Decision-Making Using Health Data Analytics. Measuring e-Health Impact: An e-Health Evaluation Framework that Leverages Process Control Theory and Big Data Analytics.

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Harold Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Interim Director, Division of Health Sciences Informatics School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University

Katherine Marconi, Ph.D., MS,
Professor and Director, Health Informatics Administration, The Graduate School, University of Medicine University College


This volume targets crucial members of the teams who will be needed to unlock the potential of big data: health care and medical professionals, scientists, and their students. It engages and grounds its readers in the issues to be faced by showing how health care practitioners and organizations are linking data within and across their medical practice on scales that only now have become possible. ... I expect that readers will enjoy the nontechnical language and case study presentation by which challenges of big health care data are presented by the authors of the chapters to follow. ... an accessible, excellent foundation for further specialized study in health analytics and data management.
Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD, Core Faculty, Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins University