Penn Medicine chief data scientist: Analytics should begin at the executive level

For Michael Draugelis, chief data scientist at Penn Medicine, analytics needs to be a strategy defined at the executive level. Leaders need to create a blueprint around key initiatives, such as readmission rates and hospital compliance, with focused goals that outline what they hope the organization can achieve. And producing technology to support these goals requires the least effort, Draugelis explained. Rather, the biggest task for executives is “producing these predictions and delivering it in a way that we can understand the outcomes of patients – and how they’ve improved.” “It takes this whole engineering process, or developing process, to figure out how all of these things are connected,” Draugelis said. “On the data science side, I often look for areas in the hospital with strained resources or the element…


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