The application of big data to transform health care delivery, health research, and health policy is underway, and its potential is limitless.  The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs, “Using Big Data To Transform Care,” examines this new era for research and patient care from every angle.

You are invited to join Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil on Wednesday, July 9, for an event at the National Press Club, when the issue will be unveiled and authors will present their work.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC, 13th Floor


Twitter: Follow Live Tweets from the briefing @HA_Events, and join the conversation with #HA_BigData.

Panels will cover:.

  • Using Big Data At The Point Of Care
  • Research Issues
  • The Role Of The Federal Government
  • Obstacles/Challenges Of Using Big Data

Among the confirmed speakers are:.

  • Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law and Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics, Harvard Law School, The Legal And Ethical Concerns That Arise From Using Predictive Analytics In Health Care
  • Christine Cox, Acting Director, Office of Information Products and Data Analytics, CMS, Leveraging The Big-Data Revolution: CMS Is Expanding Capabilities To Spur Health System Transformation
  • Lynn Etheredge, Director, Rapid Learning Project, Rapid Learning–A Breakthrough Agenda
  • Stephan Fihn, Office of Analytics and Informatics, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Insights From Advanced Analytics At The Veterans Health Administration
  • Rachael Fleurence, Program Director, CER Methods and Infrastructure Program, PCORI, Patient-Powered Research Networks Aim To Improve Patient Care And Health Research
  • Christopher Forrest, Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PEDSnet: How A Prototype Pediatric Learning Health System Is Being Expanded Into A National Network
  • Harlan Krumholz, Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Big Data And New Knowledge In Medicine: The Thinking, Training, And Tools Needed For A Learning Health System 
  • Flemming Madsen, Director, Allergy and Lung Clinic, High Levels Of Bed Occupancy Associated With Increased Inpatient And Thirty-Day Hospital Mortality
  • Joachim Roski, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton, Creating Value In Health Care Through Big Data: Opportunities And Policy Implications
  • Suchi Saria, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Big Data In Health Care: Using Analytics To Identify And Manage High-Risk And High-Cost Patients 
  • Julia Trosman, Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Francisco and UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS); Co-Director, Center for Business Models in Healthcare, Genomic Sequencing: Assessing The Health Care System, Policy, And Big-Data Implications
  • Paul Wallace, Chief Medical Officer, Optum Labs, and Health Affairs Theme Issue Adviser, Optum Labs: Building A Novel Node In The Learning Health Care System
  • Bin Xie, Health Services Research Manager, PCCI, Implementing Electronic Health Care Predictive Analytics: Considerations And Challenges

The July thematic issue and briefing are supported by generous grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the UnitedHealth Foundation, with additional support from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Merck, Pfizer, IBM, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.