Supporting Rural America: Summit's Experience with Rural Health, Finance, and Access to Critical Services

7/28/20 1:35 PM

With over 15 years of hands-on data analytics experience, Summit Consulting’s team of experts support a variety of programs that strengthen Rural America, including health initiatives. For these health projects, we support hospital and healthcare personnel, policies, and objectives. Through our rigorous evaluation frameworks, statistical methodologies, and data analysis capabilities, we analyze policies and develop programs to mitigate adverse issues addressing the social determinants of health – including the areas of housing (including residential care facilities – nursing homes and assisted living facilities), access to health facilities and healthcare, employment, finance, and access to services (like Broadband services).

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Topics: data analytics, data visualization, Summit Blog, rural health, rural communities

Sneak peek: new Summit data tool helps clients visualize US areas that are most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 virus

5/21/20 4:23 PM

Want a peek into our team's current data analysis work? Summit recently developed a new tool to help our mission-based clients visualize the areas heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. By graphically displaying the data, Summit’s mission-based clients can easily digest the severity and unexpected risks presented to their operations by COVID-19.

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Topics: data visualization, mission-oriented finance, data, COVID-19

Data visualization: decision-making from your web browser

3/19/20 10:02 AM

As federal organizations continue to ramp up their use of quantitative analyses to inform decision-making, Summit is building tools and training our clients to help maximize the value of business functions. Summit specializes in making data readily accessible and easily-consumable with visualizations directly from a web browser. Our tools facilitate user-driven scenarios through a dynamic web interface, empowering staff and leaders to make decisions according to the most current data available. Tools like these augment, or even obviate, the need for cumbersome written reports and lengthy model documentation, providing more value for the end-user and greater flexibility in understanding what is truly going on within an organization.

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Topics: predictive analytics, data visualization, dashboards

Notes from the Government Analytics Breakfast Forum: Using Analytics to Combat the Opioid Crisis

10/10/18 9:46 AM

Last week, Olivia Hebner and Laura Hoesly attended the Government Analytics Breakfast Forum: Using Analytics to Combat the Opioid Crisis sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and REI Systems. The speakers included Allison Oelschlaeger (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), Dr. Mona Siddiqui (Health and Human Services), and Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew (Johns Hopkins University). During the forum, speakers and audience members discussed data sources available to the federal government, challenges the government faces when analyzing the data, steps already taken, and possible methods for analyzing the data going forward.

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Topics: data analytics, administrative data, Litigation Analytics, opioids, data visualization, unstructured data, machine learning

Advantages of Tree-Based Modeling

8/21/18 3:42 PM

Tree-based modeling is an excellent alternative to linear regression analysis. But what makes it so advantageous? Tree-based models:

  • Can be used for any type of data, whether they are numerical (i.e. number calories in cereal) or categorical (i.e. manufacturer of cereal)
  • Can handle data that are not normally distributed (normal data are symmetric, bell-shaped, and centered at the mean; however, most data do not follow this type of distribution)
  • Are easy to represent visually, making a complex predictive model much easier to interpret
  • Require little data preparation because variable transformations are unnecessary

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Topics: Litigation Analytics, data visualization

Opioid Crisis at the State Level: What's the Cost?

7/17/18 2:03 PM

Since 2017, Summit has been closely monitoring the opioid litigation landscape, including multi-district litigation (MDL) through various outlets. For example, we are tracking more than 30 opioid cases in the state of West Virginia. Our team calculated the supply of opioids, opioid deaths, and the impact of the opioid epidemic on state budgets through the increase of total salaries in the heavily impacted professions.These professions include medical services, social services, and law enforcement services.

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Topics: Litigation Analytics, opioids, data visualization, unstructured data

Visualizing Pay Equity: 2017 Gartner Study Highlights Effects of an Organizational Commitment to Pay Equity

3/15/18 9:26 AM

This post was written by Ed Dieterle and Claire Hempel.

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Topics: pay equity, data visualization

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