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Editor's e-Note
Buzzwords abound in the health care industry. Among the buzziest these days is data analytics. Many organizations have opted to dig deeper into the data they generate each day in hopes of discovering new ways to improve care and stabilize finances. As a result, some facilities have established the position of chief data anaytics officer.

This month’s E-News Exclusive examines the core responsibilities of the professionals who occupy this key post.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
Chief Data Analytics Officer: A Trending Role for Providers
By Hillary Ross, JD

Leadership roles in analytics have been in place in managed care/payer organizations for a long time. However, they are relatively new on the provider side as many organizations are now embracing the importance of analytics and viewing analytics officers as critical for their senior leadership teams.

Based on the strategic shift toward value-based care from fee-for-service, health care organizations are looking to deliver better care at a lower cost. According to Moh Zaman, vice president of analytics at Hartford Healthcare, “Organizations that are going to succeed in this journey are the ones that consider data a natural resource of their ecosystem and are committed to using it effectively.” To excel, Zaman and others believe executive leadership is recognizing the importance of creating a full-time data analytics officer position, and making it senior in the organization to ensure its credibility and success across all business units.

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Industry Insight
Mayo Clinic, Austin Public Schools Establish Telemedicine System

Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin and Austin Public Schools have joined forces to improving access to medical services while reducing costs through the use of Mayo Clinic Health Connection—a new telemedicine delivery system through the HealthSpot platform, which combines robust cloud-based software and a private walk-in kiosk that offer solutions to care for patients in their place of work.

Mayo Clinic Health Connection will allow Austin Public School staff and their dependents to connect with Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System providers through a private, walk-in kiosk that provides high-definition video-conferencing and interactive digital medical devices. The kiosk enables highly trained Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to see and treat patients face-to-face in a variety of nontraditional health care settings.

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