New DYC Major Will Help Meet Growing Demand for Health Care Analysts
D'Youville new Health Analytics Bachelor's Degree Prepares Students to “Make Sense” and Effectively Use Health Care Data
Buffalo, New York – October 28, 2013 – D'Youville College will add a new major in health analytics to its undergraduate offerings, starting in Fall 2014.
The Bachelor of Science degree program in health analytics is an undergraduate program in DYC's School of Health Professions.
The four-year program will focus on areas relevant to analytics including mathematics and statistical analysis in addition to healthcare/ wellness, medical terminology, information technology in healthcare, along with college’s required liberal arts core.
The current “buzz word” in just about every area of business today is “analytics.” The continued advances in technology, especially in electronic health records, make this a vital and growing field.
Described as “the method of logical analysis” and explained as “the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data,” this analysis is being used to describe, predict, and improve performance.
“Students will have a context in which to apply the math and statistical part of the program,” according to Dr. Anthony Billittier IV, dean of the School of Health Professions at D’Youville.
Students will learn to determine how the data was collected and entered, how the reimbursement payment system works, cost and payment issues, healthcare law, ethics, and most importantly how to analyze data, according to college officials.
“It goes beyond the volumes of data that could be captured in electronic medical records,” says Dan Pelino of IBM.
Health care organizations are now using methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma to take a more patient-centric focus, reduce errors and waste and enhance patient flow with overall goal of improving quality, according to Trevor Strome, a healthcare analytics and quality improvement specialist at the University of Manitoba.
"Health care analytics is a high demand field in the health insurance industry. Employers want to understand how their healthcare dollar is being utilized and physicians are gaining a better understanding of how their overall practice is performing,” said Cheryl Howe, executive vice president of operations at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western New York. “For the insurer, it provides a mechanism for setting policy and programs based on the needs of the population.”
D’Youville, long a leader in providing relevant healthcare education, believes adding this program to its portfolio of offerings will help prepare students for changes in healthcare and make them very marketable in the healthcare profession. The college says the new program will eventually help healthcare organizations provide better, cost effective care and improve the way they function.
“A graduate of this program will be someone who can make sense out of all the healthcare data that exists today thanks to new technology and electronic medical records,” says Dr. Billittier.
“With the creation of electronic health records providing all the data on patient’s care replacing paper records that were difficult to analyze, now with all this data I think we have an obligation to look at it,” Billittier said. "Analytics will allow decisions to be ‘evidence based’ rather than what someone thinks. We need to improve healthcare, Our new program will go a long way to accomplish the goal of quality healthcare.”
For more information on the program and how to apply, go to Health Analytics BS.
Dr. Maureen Finney