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The Fundamentals of Data Analysis and Statistics for Healthcare Professionals


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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The Fundamentals of Data Analysis and Statistics for Healthcare Professionals

Many healthcare professionals have sat through basic statistics and analysis courses, but until recently only those in research, policy, epidemiology, and similar fields needed more than a passing knowledge of those topics.

In a new healthcare environment of value-based purchasing, evidence-based medicine, and quality and patient safety metrics (to name but a few), the bar has been raised. A nodding acquaintance with healthcare data analysis and statistics is no longer enough for success. In the current environment, we all need to better understand, analyze, and explain healthcare statistics and measurement—and present what we know clearly, in plain language with easily understood examples.

In this compact, effective one-day workshop, you will learn about exploratory, confirmatory, and qualitative data analysis, and their use with the fundamental statistics healthcare professionals encounter every day.

The workshop will enable you to understand about how your data was developed; confer both the ability and the confidence to challenge it when necessary; and give you the skills to interpret it correctly and present it in a clear and compelling way.

Workshop (Full Day): Data Analysis and Statistics Fundamentals for Healthcare Professionals covers the following crucial aspects of these topics:

  • What is data analysis? What are exploratory, confirmatory and qualitative types of analysis?
  • What are the 13 traits of really great data analysts, and how can we develop and nurture them?
  • Is there really a difference between data science and statistics? Does that difference matter?
  • How can you develop appreciative inquiry skills to most successfully understand what your customer needs?
  • What are the nine most important characteristics of meaningful data?
  • What are the attributes of administrative vs. clinical data?
  • How do we understand the lineage, intent, and purpose of healthcare data (and its current limitations)?
  • How do we best understand and report the most frequently used statistics in healthcare reporting? How can we select the right statistics for our analysis?
  • How do we understand the importance of risk-adjustment, and how does that affect reimbursement, clinical decisions, patient satisfaction, and so on?
  • How do we overcome the “Curse of Knowledge”—and use plain language to analyze and report, instead of confusing ourselves and our listeners with healthcare tech- and stat-speak?

Take Away: All participants will receive:

  • The Best Boring Book of Select Healthcare Classification Systems and Databases, by: Katherine S. Rowell & Ann Cutrell
  • Course Notes & Handouts

Other Important Details

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Schedule: The one-day course meets from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Registration begins at 8:15 am

Sustenance: Morning and afternoon snacks and lunch will be provided

Dress: Informal

Confirmation: You will receive directions to the site and an admission card or letter of confirmation to be presented at the course

Contact Hours: This activity has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., (MARN) to award six (6) contact hours each day. Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc. is accredited as an approver of continuing nurse education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.  We anticipate approval by the first course offering in October, 2014.

Cancellations: Payment is required in advance but it is refundable, less a $50 processing fee, if your cancellation is received three full business days before the seminar. If you fail to attend and do not notify us in advance, the fee is not refunded. Substitutes are welcome—please advise us of the name of the substitute if they wish to be awarded Contact Hours.

Questions: Email questions to

Call: Sandra Lawson at 617-653-6608 or Kathy Rowell at 617-797-6471 between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm EST 

Have questions about The Fundamentals of Data Analysis and Statistics for Healthcare Professionals? Contact HealthDataViz

When & Where

Babson Executive Conference Center
Executive Education Circle
Wellesley, MA 02482

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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We help organizations align systems, design reports, and develop staff to communicate healthcare data clearly. As a result, our clients know where and how to take action that improves clinical and financial performance.  Our public workshops include:

  • Data Visualization Workshops for Healthcare Professionals
  • The Fundamentals of Data Analysis and statistics for Healthcare Professionals
  • Tableau for Healthcare Professional Beginner/Intermediate
  • Tableau for Healthcre Professionals Intermediate/Advanced
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