Transforming Data and Information into Better Healthcare Decisions
I believe that data, information, and knowledge from a variety of data sources will promote more efficient and effective ways of providing medical care.
From the University of California, Davis I received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Human Ecology and
more recently an M.S. in Health Informatics. My doctorate research was concerned with how culture influences teamwork and cooperation. I have used this knowledge to help me learn about the
culture of healthcare in the United States. My masters thesis in health informatics focused on how
data mining techniques such as text mining can be applied to administrative healthcare data to
improve data quality for hospital performance measures.
In my applied work, I have worked for the State of California for over five years conducting
healthcare outcomes research. In addition to producing original outcomes measures, I have
helped our organization produce hospital quality measures created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
My passion is to help the medical industry improve public health by developing new cultural
institutions that promote quality and safety. I believe that data, information, and knowledge from a variety of data sources will promote more efficient and effective ways of providing medical care.