Practical Analysis: Understanding Visualization Concepts

We humans like pictures. We’re wired to process images quickly and effectively.

The evolution of those capabilities over thousands of years has allowed us to survive by detecting and evading predators, finding forage, and excelling as predators ourselves. To support these activities and others, the image processing capabilities of our brains have become especially adept at distinguishing basic shapes, such as lines, circles and various polygons, as a precursor to fully comprehending what the actual imagery represents.

We are also capable of understanding complex concepts, abstractions and relationships. But not all of us are created equal in that respect – at least judging from the distribution of scores on the math component of college prep exams! But even the savants among us reach a limit as the volume of data and complexity of problems become intractable to the human mind.

And though we may differ in our analytical abilities, we do seem to share one thing: our ability to reason visually plays an important role in our problem solving. Let’s examine this in the latest “Practical Analysis” blog post. (more…)

Move Over Tequila: Agave Spirits are the Latest Trend

George Clooney has a strong allure with many Americans, but the latest fascination they have with him is what he’s drinking.

Celebrities and consumers are taking an interest in agave-based spirits since Diageo’s $1 billion takeover of George Clooney’s top-end tequila brand, Casamigos. Diageo reported that tequila sales rose 37% last year, thanks to the rising popularity of its Don Julio label.

Agave spirits have been growing in popularity, but in 2019 they’re finally getting their time in the spotlight. Let’s examine this trend and how distilleries can capitalize on it.

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3 Projects that Deliver Healthcare Analytics ROI

Healthcare organizations know there’s value in data and value in analyzing it. But many times, they don’t know how to practically implement analytics in their organizations to make real change.

Here’s proof: while two-thirds of organizations have an executive dashboard to support strategic decision-making, only one-third of those that have a dashboard use it on a daily basis to make decisions. That means that in aggregate, less than 1 in 4 healthcare organizations leverages its data at an executive level daily.

So how do you move from theory to practice when it comes to analytics? It can be a journey, so it’s important to take it one step at a time. Here are 3 projects that delivered healthcare analytics ROI that you can emulate at your organization. (more…)

Meet the Dimensional Insight Team: Alison Nicoli

If you have ever attended one of our Dimensional Insight booths at a tradeshow or joined us at the annual Dimensional Insight Users Conference (DIUC), you probably had the chance to speak with our Events Manager, Alison Nicoli. Ally is 100% committed to ensuring all of our events go as smoothly as possible. From scheduling, to setting up monitors for presentations, to speaking to clients, to traveling, and more, Ally’s dedication has become the heart of our successful events.

In today’s employee spotlight, we give you an inside look at what it’s like to be an events manager. With memories of how she first began her career here, Ally shares her experience working at Dimensional Insight and what you can find her doing when she’s not in the office.

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Dimensional Insight Sponsoring St. Jude Walk/Run Boston

One of the core values of Dimensional Insight is that the company at its foundation is committed to first serving its customers and its employees. Our founders, Fred Powers and Stan Zanarotti, believe that happy customers and happy employees are key to success.

Part of that belief system also includes supporting the missions of the industries we serve – which in healthcare, one of the key industries that uses Dimensional Insight technology, means a focus on improving patient care and saving lives.

That belief in supporting the central mission of healthcare organizations is why Dimensional Insight this year has decided to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to sponsor its annual walk/run event in Boston on September 28th. We couldn’t be more excited to participate in this great fundraiser for St. Jude and raise funds for the patients it serves. (more…)

Vodka is King: How Brands are Revamping Vodka to Appeal to Millennial Drinkers

When vodka comes to mind, it’s easy to think basic and mainstream — not refined and classy.

But if spirits snobs think “flavorless” vodka doesn’t have a place in the craft cocktail era of 2019, they’re very wrong.

Spirits sales are rising, with millennials driving the uptick. Even with this group’s desire to experiment and try new things, vodka remains the king of the spirits. Let’s examine this drink’s staying power and how spirits suppliers and distributors can capitalize on it.

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Hot Topic: How Technology Is Changing Nursing

Quick question: what skills are required to be successful in the nursing field today? If you were to say compassion, good bedside manner, quick thinking, or good time management, of course you’d be right. But increasingly these days, a facility with technology is just as important.

With EHRs now mandated in hospital environments, data input is now a critical – and time-consuming – part of a nurse’s job. And while technology can certainly improve aspects of nursing, it’s also distracting many nurses from a critical part of their job – patient care. Let’s examine in today’s “Hot Topic” blog post. (more…)

The Role of Data Quality in Higher Education Analytics

Technology can only do so much. It can provide incredible insights that organizations might not have imagined possible…but only if the people putting it together do it the right way. Take, for example, the recent story about a start-up that used artificial intelligence to help improve disaster response. The company used census information to predict where people would need the most help in case of, for example, an earthquake to help emergency responders quickly get to the people who needed help.

Among other problems, the start-up was mostly using residential census data, so stores where a large number of people might be trapped in a disaster would be ignored if rescuers relied solely on the information the start-up was providing. The lesson? The data is only as good as the people entering the information.

For many higher education organizations, so much emphasis is placed on analyzing data that it almost seems too obvious to point out: that data needs to be reliable. But how often are organizations stopping to look at data quality? (more…)

There’s a New Wine Trend, and It’s Orange: Here’s How to Take Advantage of It

First it was rosé, now it’s orange wine? 

Maybe you’ve walked by a restaurant and saw diners drinking what looks like a Fanta orange soda from a wine glass. But it’s not soda, it’s orange wine. 

It may seem like a new fad, but this “trend” is actually 8,000 years old.  Orange wines primarily come from the country of Georgia (not the state – that’s peach), and exports have risen 54% in the last year. 

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3 Takeaways from the HIMSS Southern New England Conference

For healthcare to deliver meaningful results, it will have to adapt to new ways of thinking and adopt new technologies to reach patients. It will also need to make sure that its technology infrastructure is protected from threats – especially those from within the organization itself.

Those were some of the key messages from the HIMSS Southern New England conference, held by New England HIMSS in Newport, Rhode Island on August 22nd, which focused on telehealth and cybersecurity. Here are some of the main takeaways from the event. (more…)