Data Science Team
Learn about the West Health Institute's data science capabilities for aging research, now featuring more than 181 billion searchable data elements
Senior focused-data science capabilities
The West Health Institute has developed substantial in-house, multi-disciplinary expertise in data-driven methods for decision-making through its data science core team.
Bringing together access to major healthcare-related databases with core skills and resources, capabilities include everything from database administration to economic analysis to statistics to data visualization for quantitative insights tailored to research goals.
The data science team extracts, transforms, merges, and loads data sources to create descriptive and predictive models of care for all aspects of aging-related research through customized HIPAA-compliant private cloud on running Amazon Web Services.
Our key areas of research and relevant databases include (but are not limited to) the following:
|Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC)||Emergency Department to Home-Based Care (ED-to-Home)|
|Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)||Oral Healthcare and Care Coordination|
If you are interested in collaborating with the West Health Institute’s data science team, please contact Jose Unpingco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data Science Workflow
The diagram above shows the general workflow, tools, and AWS architecture. The private cloud designed and implemented by the data science team provides secure, encrypted, elastic storage and computation. Analysts access the data via a secure web-interface that provides statistical analysis and visualization tools across the relevant data. These software tools run on cloud-hosted virtual machines and are easy to customize for specific research purposes so both computational and data resources are marshaled within the same elastic framework. The data science team additionally maintains all relevant data dictionaries and documentation on a comprehensive internal collaboration site.