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Another “Big Bang”: The Art of Medicine with the Science of Statistics

February 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Sheila Talton will explore Big Data and Analytic impact on healthcare’s clinical and operational effectiveness, and ultimately having financially sound health providers and payers.

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The collision of the art of medicine and the application of evidence based medicine with predictive analytics is the new paradigm in medicine.

For so long, doctors have debated whether the practice of medicine is an art or science. I have believed it is both; the science is applying scientific medicines, evidence based medicine, and diagnostics using the art of how these sciences are applied—now with the applications of statistics and data analytics to improve the quality of care. Medicine is now using the science of statistics and data analytics, but there’s an art component to data analytics; and that is how you handle the facts, the data, and the analysis of the data.

Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing, presenting, analyzing, and interpreting numerical data for the purpose of making more effective decision. The buzz for the last five years has been that “Big Data” will drive our future, from translating genomic information into new therapies, to harnessing the Web to untangle complex social interactions, to detecting infectious disease outbreaks. Statistics is the science of learning from data, and of measuring, controlling, and communicating uncertainty; and it thereby provides the navigation essential for controlling the course of scientific and societal advances. This field will become ever more critical as academia, businesses, and governments rely increasingly on data-driven decisions, expanding the demand for statistics expertise.

As we apply more computer/cloud technologies in all industries, we are open to more cyber-attacks, ransomware, and medical identity theft. We will have open discussion surrounding how business leaders’ skills must incorporate the use of data and be comfortable reading and analyzing data.


Early $10 
Week of $15 
At the Door $20

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Registration will close at noon on 02/09. You can register at the door. Please bring cash or check. Thank you.

Deadline: 2/9/2017

Speaker Profile

Sheila Talton (Speaker)
CEO and President, Gray Matter Analytics

Sheila Talton is an innovative global leader and Big Data strategist on the use of data and predictive analytics in business applications. Throughout her career she has been noted for looking at new technologies and the business applications of those technologies and/or integrating newer technologies to create other applications for business.

Ms. Talton is experienced in corporate and civic governance and not-for-profits. She serves on the boards of Deere & Co., Wintrust Financial Corp., OGE Energy Corp., Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, The Chicago Network, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Chicago Urban League. She served for 10 years on the board of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and for 5 years on the board of Acco Brands Corp. She was a founding member and chairperson of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum and continues to serve on its advisory board.

Talton began her career by identifying technology as the key area of future business growth and working at several information technology companies before forming Unisource Network Services in 1987. She is CEO and President of Gray Matter Analytics, a data analytics/Big Data solutions company focused in healthcare.

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February 9, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chicago, US


Chicago Booth Big Data & Analytics Roundtable