The Importance of Health Informatics


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Introductory Statistics

Here are the slides to a talk I used to give on statistical analysis. Geared towards physician profiling and the analysis of practice patterns, this presentation explained ways of systematically examining practice data; however, the principles involved are just as applicable to clinical research as they are to health care management.

Special thanks to Dr. I. Alan Fein who significantly contributed to producing this presentation.

Ben Goldacre: Battling Bad Science

Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they’re right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry.

This is an excellent presentation on what is wrong with science today. While the data itself may not lie, the interpretations can be made to say nearly anything the researcher wants it to.

EDIT: Due to format restrictions, the video is partially cut off. Here’s the link to the video on TED:

Introductory Statistics

These are the slides that go along with a talk I gave on introductory statistics. Included is a discussion of basic concepts, confidence intervals and other key concepts of statistical analysis. This talk is geared toward analysts or researchers that already have some understanding of analysis.

This presentation is available for download via Slideshare should you wish to reuse materials contained within.

Error in America: Of Antidepressants and Statistics

“It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you may even fool some of the people all of the time; But you can’t fool all the people all the time.” – President Abraham Lincoln

“There are more false claims made in the medical literature than anybody appreciates. There’s no question about that.” – biostatistician Steven Goodman of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

Through two stories and examples, this article portrays three morals: (1) Honesty in research and efficient allocation of resources makes for good public policy and respects citizen’s autonomy in their decisions regarding the acceptance or denial of care. (2) We should never underestimate the profit motive’s ability to interfere with what is in the best interests of the American people. (3) Keep an open mind and don’t be so quick to believe what you read, even if it is in JAMA or The New England Journal.

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