Panel Discussion - "Big Data and Business Analytics"

December 2, 5:30pm, CST - 7:30pm, CST
Minneapolis Airport Marriott
2020 American Blvd East
Bloomington, MN  55425


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Speaker Bio's
Bulent Ugurlu
Director – Business Architecture
UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement Information Services

Bulent Ugurlu has more than 20 years of software development experience across multiple industries Healthcare, Financial Services, and Manufacturing.  He leads the business architecture team, and is leading key initiatives with CMS Star Ratings, Provider Reimbursement, and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Integration. He is working across the organization to establish Business Intelligence and Analytics (BI&A) practice for UnitedHealthcare.   He started his career as a software developer and moved into different development roles; development manager, technical lead and enterprise architect. He works with business stakeholders in developing strategy for BI&A, Big Data technologies, and EMR.

He has a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering from University of St. Thomas.

Kal Pasupathy, Ph.D.
Scientific Director
Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery
Mayo Clinic

Kal Pasupathy is an Associate Professor in Health Care Systems Engineering and serves in various scientific and practice leadership roles at Mayo Clinic. He has over 15 years of experience leading and pioneering efforts in developing data mining and analytics models/algorithms and designing and improving complex care delivery systems. His team was awarded the Goodeve Medal for the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy, theory, practice of operations research in 2007 by the Operations Research Society in London, UK. His book on Health Informatics is widely used and he has received awards, created inventions and is frequently sought to consult or talk internationally. Dr. Pasupathy has a PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and has worked with organizations such as the University of Missouri, American Red Cross, British Red Cross and Aurora Health Care.


Matt Nichols
Sr. Director – Data Innovation
Optum Data Management Advanced Computations Lab

Matt Nichols has over 21 years of experience in the healthcare, airlines, and direct marketing. As leader of the Data Innovation group, he works with clients, product management, and development teams to deliver new and innovative products that meet the needs of the client and the broader marketplace.  He has led teams to develop healthcare quality management and other reporting solutions using claims and clinical data which have received Gartner®

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“Big data” has been gaining significant traction in healthcare over the last several years.  Organizations are using myriad tools to harness the power of big data to better serve customers, improve operations and execute on key strategic initiatives.  In healthcare, the patient care experience is optimized by proactive approach to health and wellness.  Moreover, care providers and staff from operational areas are given robust tools to make informed decisions for patients and healthcare consumers alike. 

Come join the HIMSS MN Chapter to gain insights into how “Big Data” and Business Analytics are being used in healthcare organizations, the resources and technologies needed to support them as operational tools as well as use cases to showcase the capabilities of business analytics.