IMPAQ Vice President of Health Dr. Paul Gorrell presented a breakout session at SAS Global Forum 2015 titled “Privacy, Transparency, and Quality Improvement in the Era of Big Data and Health Care Reform.”
The presentation examined current approaches to quality improvement in health care based on data transparency and patient choice, including specific initiatives related to the Affordable Care Act (e.g. the qualified entity program which IMPAQ supports, the open payments program, State-level all-payer claims databases, etc.) within the context of a core issue in the era of big data: security and privacy versus transparency and openness.
Anyone who has worked in analytics, reporting, or data visualization recognizes the importance of understanding the intended audience, and that methodological transparency is as important as the public reporting of the output of the calculation of cost or quality metrics.
The challenges facing the current approaches to quality improvement in health care provide opportunities for database developers, systems analysts, programmers, statisticians, data analysts, and those who provide the tools for public reporting to work together to design comprehensive solutions that inform evidence-based improvement efforts.
More than 3,500 SAS professionals attended the SAS Global Forum 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX from April 26 – 29th. The Forum included four days of presentations, expert-led courses, and hands-on workshops.