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Graph Analytics Use Cases

By Daniel Graham, Jul 10, 2019

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Introduction In 1996, two computer science students — Larry and Sergei — were enthralled by the emerging internet. But finding anything on the undeveloped web was horribly difficult. Then came the “Aha!” discovery that academic web page citations (URLs) are a proxy for popularity. If many websites “like” the same web page, that page value is probably higher to researchers. So Larry and Sergei designed an algorithm called PageRank. It measured “link juice” — the strength between web pages. Google emerged from PageRank, web URLs and an advertising business model. This article explores the incredible value of “link juice.” Graph analysis turns the relational…

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Sanford Health Becomes Data-Driven

By Robert Morison, Jun 26, 2019

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Sanford Health is a major health system with over 49,000 employees, 187,000 health plan members, and $6.1B in annual revenue. The organization has been pursuing a growth strategy for the last two decades. Milestones include: merging with a series of regional health providers, incorporating the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPRS) members into its health plan, and most recently the 2019 merger with Good Samaritan Society, the largest not-for-profit provider of senior housing and services in the United States.

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Analytics Fluency – How Optum Is Boosting Six Critical Competencies

By Alex Barclay, May 08, 2019

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Optum has launched a number of initiatives to boost analytics fluency, especially among its business leaders and team members. The goal is to equip individuals in business units, operations and other key parts of Optum with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively engage, employ and capitalize on analytics. While our efforts are a work in progress, we view analytics fluency as a critical prerequisite to “competing on analytics” and key to our mission of transforming health care. The next sections provide an overview of Optum and the challenges we’re addressing in health care, while subsequent sections describe the motivation for and our experience with fluency-building initiatives to date.

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Consultative Analytics at VSP Global

By Robert Morison, Dec 06, 2018

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VSP established a central analytics group three years ago with the mission of empowering and enabling data management and analytics across the enterprise. That didn’t mean performing analytics for the entire organization, but rather shaping how analytics are performed by managing data more centrally, migrating to consistent technology platforms, promoting best practices, and scaling up analytics talent.

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Atlanta 2018 Analytics Symposium: Event Summary

By IIA Expert, Oct 24, 2018

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IIA’s 10th Analytics Symposium was held in Atlanta on October 10, 2018. This Symposium brought together analytics leaders from different industries, functions, and geographies to share insights and best practices. Experienced and innovative analytical leaders from large enterprises (Ford, Honeywell, Optum, GE, and Symantec/ID Analytics) described their organizations’ analytical journeys and key lessons learned—about creating business value, building an analytics team, creating a more analytically savvy company, and dealing with the hype around AI. Also sharing insights and trends were leading academics (IIA co-founder Tom Davenport and Jennifer Priestley) and IIA leaders Bill Franks and Kathy Koontz. Read the event summary for key themes and insights from the conference.

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Atlanta 2018 Analytics Symposium Video: Alex Barclay

By Alex Barclay, Oct 24, 2018

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Competing on Analytics is a “Team Sport,” but Which Sport?

Alex Barclay, SVP at Optum (part of United Health Group, a Fortune 10 company), outlines the capabilities required to compete on analytics and describe how the company is boosting these capabilities among executives, managers and analytics professionals.

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Atlanta 2018 Analytics Symposium Presentation: Alex Barclay

By Alex Barclay, Oct 16, 2018

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Competing on Analytics is a “Team Sport,” but Which Sport?

Alex Barclay, SVP at Optum (part of United Health Group, a Fortune 10 company), outlines the capabilities required to compete on analytics and describe how the company is boosting these capabilities among executives, managers and analytics professionals.

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Yesterday, almost 200 of IIA’s clients, analytics experts and advisory network members gathered together to discuss the top trends and challenges of the analytics industry. The presentations were insightful, drove conversations and had actionable takeaways. The three themes of transformation, artificial intelligence (AI), and data-driven cultures were threaded in all of the presentations. This blog covers the key highlights of each session.

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Everyone who has lived within the world of analytics has seen cases where different parts of a business have made use of slightly differing definitions of core business metrics. Sometimes these differences lead to only minor and non-material disagreement. At other times, the differences in definition can cause massive divergence of reported results and related actions taken. Organizations must ensure that where differences exist in definitions those differences are either reconciled or clearly labeled and articulated to provide the proper context. When is the last time your organization took the time to really examine the strengths and weaknesses of the metric definitions being used on a daily basis?

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How Advanced Analytics Can Prevent Medicaid Fraud

By Ellen Joyner-Roberson, Victor Sterling, Robert Morison, Aug 15, 2018

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Medicaid fraud is prevalent, costly, and difficult to prevent. With a combination of more integrated data and advanced analytics, state agencies have the opportunity to turn the tables on fraudsters. They can accelerate the transition from detection to prevention, as new forms of fraud are recognized faster and fewer improper payments go out the door. To explore the challenges and opportunities, IIA spoke with SAS Institute’s Ellen Joyner-Roberson, CFE Principal Marketing Manager, Fraud and Security Intelligence, and Victor Sterling, Principal Solutions Architect.

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