Tuesday, March 29, 2011

INFORMATICS GRAND ROUNDS: Claims data in Vermont


Dian Kahn, MPA, Director of Analysis and Data Management, Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA)
Indra Neil Sarkar, PhD, MLIS, Director of Biomedical Informatics, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Vermont

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Medical Education Center Room 300 (Reardon Classroom)
(Requirements: Microsoft Office Live Meeting Client. Computer audio conferencing is not available to participants using Web Clients.).

This presentation will focus on the value argument that supports the addition of healthcare claims data to the inventory of administrative, clinical and surveillance data needed to measure and monitor the Vermont health care system and Vermonters’ need for and use of health care services. There will be an overview of the state claims data collection program including current and potential uses of claims data that will contribute to the synergy to be gained from combining multiple health and population data sources to support public health, health services, and health policy research.

Speaker Bios:

Dian Kahn is Director of Analysis and Data Management in the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) where she has been employed for 15 years. Ms. Kahn directs programs in partnership with other agencies and health care organizations in health data collection, analysis and reporting that include the Vermont Healthcare Claims Uniform Reporting & Evaluation System (VHCURES), the Vermont Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (VUHDDS), the Health Resource Allocation Plan (HRAP), and the Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey (VHHIS).
    Prior to working at BISHCA, Ms. Kahn worked on a grant-funded project in Vermont exploring public-private business models for electronic health records and a health information exchange in Vermont, as director of analysis for a public sector health insurance purchasing cooperative, as a health policy analyst, and as a nurse clinician in diabetes education and critical care. Ms. Kahn has a Baccalaureate in the Science of Nursing from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in public administration and policy studies from Florida State University.
Indra Neil Sarkar is Director of Biomedical Informatics at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont. His work is dedicated to furthering a biomedical informatics research agenda across the entire spectrum of biomedicine, from molecules to populations. Specific research involves the development and use of a range of computational techniques (including knowledge gathering and discovery methods, phylogenetics, information theory, ontology development, semantic indexing, and natural language processing) to facilitate the analysis and linking of molecular and public health data. Ultimately, Dr. Sarkar’s research aims to enable the creation of testable models of disease and provide a framework to enable the assessment of comparative hypotheses across the spectrum of biomedicine and health care.

Informatics Grand Rounds is a joint initiative between the University of Vermont (Center for Clinical and Translational Science Biomedical Informatics Unit, Continuing Education, and Dana Medical Library), Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the State of Vermont.

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