Third Annual Data Summit attracts 100-plus

Valerie Lund (right) of JPS Health Network.

More than 100 attendees turned out for the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation Information and Quality Services Center’s (IQSC) Third Annual Data Summit last Friday at Brookhaven College.

Themed “Data Driven Decisions,” this year’s event was highlighted by 12 speakers, six sessions and 10 hospital poster abstracts detailing recent data projects.

“It was a great event this year and we would like to thank all of the attendees and sponsors,” said Theresa Mendoza, event coordinator and director of data services at the DFWHC Foundation. “I know first-hand that innovations in computers and information technology are moving incredibly quickly these days. Our IQSC Data Summit provides valuable information on what data looks like today, what it’s used for, and what kind of tools the healthcare industry is developing.”

Speakers received some of the highest marks in the Summit’s history on post-event surveys. A panel detailing “Physician Performance Measures” with Dr. Eugene Chu of Parkland Health & Hospital System; Dr. Brandon Pope of Baylor Scott & White Health; and Dr. Brian Kenjarski of Methodist Health System received especially positive reviews.

Additional highlights included Katherine S. Rowell of HealthDataViz discussing the “Importance of Risk-Adjustment for Measuring and Reporting Healthcare Outcomes” and “Value-Based Healthcare: A Perfect Care Approach for Managing Acute Pancreatitis Patients” with Jimmy Shah of Methodist Health System; Dr. Brett Moran of Parkland Health & Hospital System; and Dr. William Daniel of UT Southwestern.

The winning poster abstracts were:
• “Taming Healthcare Data – Practitioner’s View” by Valerie Lund of JPS Health Network;
• “Taming Healthcare Data – Practitioner’s View” by Priyanka Kharat of Parkland Center Clinical Innovation;
• “AI-Powered Early Prediction of Post-Acute Care Need” by Albert Karam of Parkland Center Clinical Innovation.

“There’s something new happening in data sciences daily,” said Mendoza. “We tried to provide speakers who were at the forefront of healthcare developments. Healthcare data is the future, and the tools we use to collect and decipher it has implications for not only our industry, but every other human activity.”

Top sponsor of the Summit was Stratasan. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Stratasan partners with more than 1,000 hospitals from the nation’s top healthcare systems, across 40-plus states, providing software and services to equip them to make better, more efficient strategic growth decisions.

For information on future events, please contact Theresa at

Auguy Kankwende of JPS Health Network.

Lyndsay Miskell of Texas Woman’s University.