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, now featuring more than 8.9 billion rows of data with more than 181 trillion searchable data elements.

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.

The data science core consolidates these skills and resources into a team that provides a unique end-to-end quantitative perspective on the Institute’s mission to help the nation’s seniors age successfully.

Data Science Workflow

The diagram 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.