The Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and Sunquest Information Systems are pleased to present another webinar in their continuing pathology informatics series entitled the Use of Big Data in the Laboratory and Healthcare, The lecture will be delivered by Sonny Varadan, IT Management Consultant at Nichols Management Group. The date and time of the event is Thursday, March 17, at 1 PM – 2 PM ET. Register today to ensure a spot.
Sonny Varadan has held senior IT positions including Chief Information Officer at both Providence Health Care and PAML, the latter being the largest network of outreach clinical laboratories in the United States. At PAML he was instrumental in transforming the IT department from a cost center to a revenue center by developing innovative software solutions. At Providence, he was responsible for a $17 million budget and operations staff of 75 team members where he implemented an operational improvement plan which resulted in significant laboratory cost reductions with service level improvements (see: Sonny Varadan).
Big data has become a kind of cliche in many industries including healthcare. However, Forbes had this to say about its use in healthcare (see: How Big Data Is Changing Healthcare):
Beyond improving profits and cutting down on wasted overhead, Big Data in healthcare is being used to predict epidemics, cure disease, improve quality of life and avoid preventable deaths. With the world’s population increasing and everyone living longer, models of treatment delivery are rapidly changing, and many of the decisions behind those changes are being driven by data. The drive now is to understand as much about a patient as possible, as early in their life as possible – hopefully picking up warning signs of serious illness at an early enough stage that treatment is far more simple (and less expensive) than if it had not been spotted until later.
Needless to say, hospital clinical labs are responsible for one of the biggest caches of data in a hospital and are well positioned to make much better use of it through sophisticated analysis. Find out Sonny Varadan's ideas about how to pursue this goal. You can resister here to participate. Also, don't forget to register for the Pathology Informatics Summit, the largest conference of its kind in the country. I will be held on May 23-May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA.