Transforming Healthcare through Collaboration – Turning Data into Actionable Information

Denise HatzidakisDenise Hatzidakis, Premier healthcare alliance

Friday, October 19, 2012
EBII 3211 — NCSU Centennial Campus
(Directions to Centennial campus and parking information)

This talk is part of the Taming the Data invited-speaker series, held in the Department of Computer Science at NC State University.

A video of this talk is available here.

Talk abstract:

If you look at almost any issue in American healthcare today, you’ll find that lack of scale is a big part of the problem. But what happens with the inverse of that problem? When there’s so much scale, so much of a particular supply, that it overwhelms us. That’s the challenge we face with data. We have more than we even know what to do with and the amount of data grows every day as more and more of our lives get cataloged through technology. Integrated data is the foundation required to support the management of population health and the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. Innovation in healthcare today requires a significant focus on enterprise Information Management in the form of structured and unstructured data/content … Big Data. The problem is not that we need more data but we do need to turn that data into something…into information, insight, and Intelligence…and to make insights available at the right time, at the right place, for the right individuals including every stakeholder across the healthcare community. The Premier healthcare alliance has embarked on a journey to solve this is exact problem via the PremierConnect™ platform – the first at scale payer, provider and supply chain data model.

About the speaker:

Denise Hatzidakis is an accomplished IT Executive with over 20 years of experience in the information technology field. Denise has served as a decisive leader of operational initiatives in organizations varying in size and scope with extensive hands on system development and experience across the IT field. She has a proven track record in leading, managing, and building IT systems, from departmental systems to large enterprise systems. Denise has extensive experience leading operations for Technology, Business Development, and Application Development across a wide range of industries specializing in the IBM technologies. Denise is currently the Chief Technology Officer for the Premier Healthcare Alliance. Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 86,000-plus other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier operates a leading healthcare purchasing network with more than $4 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains the nation’s largest clinical, financial and outcomes database with information on 1 in 4 patient discharges. Previously, Denise was a Principal and Chief Technologist for Perficient, Inc., a leading information technology consulting firm, delivering business driven IT solutions. In that role, Denise led transformational projects at many large enterprises including: Kaiser, PSI, State of California, USAA, and Safeway. At Perficient, Denise lead the technology initiatives and was the driving force behind the strategy for helping enterprises adopt and grow technology to deliver value to the market in a timely, quality manner. Her key focus was enterprise architecture and operationalizing enterprise technology initiatives. Denise’s background includes education in the fields of Physics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. Denise has spent her career post graduate school as a developer at IBM, and has continued to focus on emerging technologies across the technology industry, helping customers realize solutions on IBM technologies.

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