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LAVA Healthcare: Big Data in Healthcare
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LAVA Healthcare: Big Data in Healthcare

When: Friday September 20, 2013
7:30AM to 9:30AM
Where: Pepperdine University (in West LA, not Malibu)
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, California  90045
United States
Contact: Richard Koffler

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The healthcare narrative is flooded with claims that "big data", "data warehousing" and "analytics" will produce huge cost savings and clinical-outcome improvements. While it might be intuitively obvious to many that this will one day happen, the scene on the ground today is far from a forgone conclusion.

Join Kevin Dawson, most recently the director of business intelligence at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, for a special under-the-covers view of the current state and trends of healthcare big data. A trained physician, Kevin has spent almost his entire career working for leading-edge healthcare providers with responsibility for a broad spectrum of healthcare IT functions related to interoperability, data analytics, and innovation management.

LAVA Healthcare is generously sponsored by


LAVA Healthcare

No one disputes that the U.S. healthcare system is a mess that has been deteriorating for decades. Many argue that increasing legislation and regulation will worsen the problem, others argue its the best solution.

LAVA Healthcare is an ongoing conversation about how we might fix the mess applying innovation across a wide range of dimensions including technology, business models, patient involvement, offshore outsourcing, and training programs.

The main goal is to foster innovation, while allowing our community to learn, be inspired, make valuable new business relationships and re-establish old ones. And perhaps even perhaps even influence public policy.

Who should participate? Everyone with an interest in the U.S. healthcare system such as technologists, life-sciences professionals and vendors, medical practitioners, healthcare providers, policy makers, and consultants of all types.

LAVA Healthcare operates with monthly meetings and a LinkedIn group.

Each meeting features a 5-minute presentation by one healthcare innovator or investor who believes his/her ideas will have significant effects on the cost and quality of our healthcare system. Following the innovator's short presentation, the floor opens to questions from the audience. There are no panelists or talking heads at the front of the room. The group leads the conversation. The conversation is directed and textured by the experience and knowledge of every member of the audience who poses questions, tells stories, and proposes answers.

Meetings are governed by five simple rules:

  • Have fun, explore new and old ideas, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
  • Nothing is off topic as long as its about healthcare.
  • No talking-head lectures: Everyone is a panelist.
  • No preset course: The group leads the conversation.
  • Self-promotions and sermons instantly lose the floor at moderator's sole discretion.

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