Report Anonymization: Date formats and whitespaces

Discussing the extreme wide variety of date/time formats used by individuals and systems, even inside one single institution. Also touches on a lesser known topic of different types of whitespace occasionally used in dates to prevent line wrapping from breaking up a date value.… Read More Report Anonymization: Date formats and whitespaces

Solving for infrastructure through the cloud: An Ontario Hospital’s Journey Towards The Deployment of Artificial Intelligence

In the past few short years, remarkable progress has been made to demonstrate the potential power of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in healthcare. Despite the potential of AI in healthcare, very few of these algorithms make it to the bedside. This so-called “implementation gap” prevents AI algorithms from having a real world impact on patient… Read More Solving for infrastructure through the cloud: An Ontario Hospital’s Journey Towards The Deployment of Artificial Intelligence

Better Health: How Data is Enabling Workforce Planning at THP

The 2007 Framework for Collaborative Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Planning states that “the status quo approach to planning has the potential to create both financial and political risks, to limit each jurisdiction’s ability to develop effective sustainable health delivery systems and the health [workforce] to support those systems.” Traditionally, Canadian healthcare organizations have not spent… Read More Better Health: How Data is Enabling Workforce Planning at THP

How to use user-centered design for hospital analytics

Hospitals lag decades behind other industries in the adoption of analytics into operational decision-making1 The impact of big data and analytics continues to be realized in healthcare but still has a long way to go. Brilliant minds continue to use optimization, machine learning, and other analytic methods to solve operational problems in the hospital, however,… Read More How to use user-centered design for hospital analytics