November 14, 2013-Health IT Forum Recap

Topic: Improving Health Care through the use of Big Data

The Health IT Forum presented its first of four programs that it plans to present between now and May 1st. Today’s program addressed the topic of Improving Health Care Through Big Data.

Welcome Remarks were offered by Leslie Ford Weber, interim Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus who also served as ‘Host’ for the Forum. Ms. Weber introduced our Sponsor, Tim Murphy, Business Development Representative, Baltimore County Department of Economic Development who shared that in many ways, both Baltimore and Montgomery County are well positioned to support what is ‘next’ in health information technology and encouraged collaboration. Mr. Murphy introduced our first speaker, Mr. Brian, Hoyt, Principal, Health Analytics, Berkeley Research Group.

Brian Hoyt outlined that Big Data has been in our midst since the 1700’s with Bayes theorem which first analyzed probability and statistics. With the explosion of information we are now faced with the challenge of volume, velocity and variety. Improving Healthcare through big data will require that we manage the 3 ‘V’s to get the information we need.

Jennifer S. Geetter, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP then described the pieces of the puzzle that must come together regarding Big Data: 1. Regulatory Development; currently there is massive rule making going on. Health IT is not going to persist as patients going to the doctor separate from what goes on in the house. 2. Pipeline Pressures; Through big data we will be able to prove that your drug is right for you; basically getting to personalized medicine; 3. Health Reform; is designed to control cost quality and access; 4. Operational Considerations; the public demand is to have healthcare where you live; and, 5.  Competing Public Priorities; we need to have a conversation about privacy. Patients want their problems to be private (locked-up) and they feel like they are being watched. However, we want information on what has worked – that is the promise of the big data. When it comes to big data, the question is; which problems we focus on, by whom, who pays, and how do we define success. And, everything looks harder when you are looking through the genomics glasses.

Brian Krantz, Senior, Principal, Health Data and Informatics, IMS Healthcare Solutions shared that insurance companies are sitting on a lot of data, but don’t want to give it away for free. His company is one of the largest recipients (95%) of pharmaceutical data in the world. At the heart of the issue is building healthcare intelligence, and  the real concern is data transformation and the ability to ‘de-identify’ any linkage across all the data sets that include; clinics, retail pharmacy, behavior, hospital labs and long term care. There  is discomfort when individuals  see how this information gets collected. The real world evidence approach is that data is spread out throughout the globe and the practical approach is the right data at right time to answer the right questions.

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Brian Krantz, Sr. Principal - Health Data and Informatics, IMS Healthcare Solutions   

Jennifer S. Geetter, Partner, McDermott Will & Emory LLP

Brian Holt, Berkeley Research Group


Agenda for Thursday, November 14, 2013

7:30am – 8:00am   Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast

8:00am – 9:30am   Program


Jennifer S. Geetter, Partner, McDermott Will & Emory LLP   Read Bio

Brian Krantz, Sr. Principal - Health Data and Informatics, IMS Healthcare Solutions   
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Jane L. SnowdonDirector and Chief Innovation Officer, IBM Federal   
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9:30am – 10:00am   Networking



Address: Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
9605 Medical Center Drive
Room 121
Rockville, MD 20850



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