Data scientists, execs share advice for assembling a big data analytics team

Hospital analytics teams are on the verge of a formidable challenge: evolving their skillsets as fast as data is growing and relevant technologies are coming into play. “The skills your team is going to need in three years are not the skills they have today,” said John Showalter, MD, chief healthcare information officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “They’re going to need to be trained.” And that training is going to be complex because there are only a few people who can really master analytics well, according to Sriram Vishwanath, a professor of engineering and computer science at the University of Texas, Austin, even if many claim they can. “If anyone tells you they can do healthcare big data, I’d take that with a truck load of salt,”…


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