Prashant Natarajan, Director of Business Strategy, Oracle Corporation
Discussing Big Data, Machine Learning, AI and Healthcare
Prashant Natarajan on PopHealth Week
Prashant Natarajan is Director of Product Strategy at Oracle, where he is responsible for business strategy, product management, and go-to market solutions for a portfolio of informatics products & cloud services for population health, precision medicine, interoperability, and integrated little + big data analytics. Prashant received his chemical engineering degree from Mangalore University (India) in 1998 and his master’s degree in technical and professional communications from Auburn University (USA) in 2005. He is a prior recipient of the SBC/Chancellor’s Endowed Fellowship for graduate research.
Prashant is a lead author or contributor to 4 books on analytics, machine learning & AI, and precision medicine. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Council for Affordable Health Coverage. He is also Industry Advisor for Data Science & AI at UCSF/CIAPM. Prashant currently serves as Chairperson of the HIMSS NorCal Chapter’s annual Innovation Conference & Showcase.
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Over the years as an HMO executive and later founding a disease management and Healthcare IT company, I have analyzed a lot of medical claims and quality data. One of the largest was an analysis of a State Medicaid program with about 675,000 beneficiary lives with two years of inpatient, outpatient and pharmacy claims. The pharmacy file alone contained about 15 million prescription fills.
More recently I became certified as a Professional by the Care Innovations Validation Institute and sit on their Advisory Board. This certification tested my ability to look at data and decide whether the outcomes reported were likely to be valid or not. As you look for vendors or consultants I would suggest you start with the Validation Institute. The following example is a good reason why.
Cruising around the web looking at various healthcare consulting firms and company websites I came across a company that is targeting employers and claims they have vetted and can bring in vendors to lower the costs for a company’s self funded health plan. Their website says they can identify, evaluate, oversee, manage and report on the vendors they propose.
On their home page is a chart used to show the savings an employer can expect to see by implementing their various cost saving approaches. Can you spot the flaw(s)?
Let’s start with the first and most glaring error and its on the first line. Continue reading
I have been to the last few HiMSS conferences and each year population health is a big topic. It seems everyone is talking about population health. From booth to booth, the vendors discuss how they are doing population health; when in fact each of these vendors brings a potential solution to some segment of the population health ecosystem. Population health is so broad that to do it completely requires collaboration between the person, family, providers, vendors, non-profit organizations, communities and the government.
But there are unique features I’ll be looking for from vendors in this space. I base these features off the Population Health Alliance Framework for Population Health from the Outcome Guidelines Version 6. The framework is at the bottom of this post.