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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