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As the healthcare industry continues to transform, new challenges arise and create a vital need for federal health IT to modernize and advance. In order to effectively meet the healthcare needs of Americans across the nation, public health providers must be flexible and adapt to the ever-changing healthcare industry. This is especially important for the government as the biggest healthcare service payer with the most complex healthcare ecosystem.

The future of health IT has the potential to:

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Improve connectivity and
communication across state lines

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Improve the quality, outcomes and decision of patient care by leveraging the use of emerging technologies and modern analytics

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Increase interoperability to allow seamless flow of health information across patients, healthcare providers, payers, researchers, and federal agencies

From reducing fraud, waste, and abuse to increasing the use of data to drive decisions, we are excited to help federal agencies harness the power of data-driven health, faster.

Harnessing Data to Improve Public Health

The digital health universe is expansive and growing larger by the minute. At Excella, we specialize in modern data environments, analytics, advanced data science, and data governance, providing custom solutions that solve the most pressing challenges for the federal health IT community. Our industry expertise helped us define three key tactics that have a major impact on how government agencies handle their vast amount of health-care data:

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Agile delivery to add data sets regularly and refine models iteratively

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Automated data pipelines to increase data privacy, standardize data semantics, and embed data quality and governance

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Develop self-service solutions with a focus on human-centered design to empower patients and give users secure access to their tools and data

Public Health Data Use-Cases

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Responsible Visualizations of COVID-19 Data

Teams are making ready-to-use COVID-19 datasets easily accessible for the wider data visualization and analysis community. Johns Hopkins posts frequently updated data on their github page, and Tableau has created a COVID-19 Resource Hub with the same data reshaped for use in Tableau. These public assets are immensely helpful for public health professionals and authorities responding to the epidemic. At the same time the stakes are high around how we communicate about this epidemic to the wider public. Excella's Senior Data Visualization Lead Amanda Makulec talks about visualizing data responsibly in this article on Medium.


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Be Informed, Not Terrified of COVID-19 Charts

We are in the middle of an information overload about the novel coronavirus, with hourly case updates and endless streams of information. How do you find the signal in the noise? What information do you need to make decisions in the face of this pandemic? Having spent more than a decade working on data visualization in public health, Amanda Makulec has personally seen how visualizations can be powerful tools for communicating information, but can also mislead, misinform, and—in the worst cases—incite panic. Check out Excella's Senior Data Visualization Lead Amanda Makulec's complete guide to reading COVID-19 charts.


Community Advocacy through Data Visualization

Collecting data for the CDC’s community Scorecard, a tool is used for assessment, planning, and monitoring of health services in multiple countries, has been hectic. The process was manual, creating challenges with collecting, visualizing, and reporting the data. Completing a scorecard could take up to three months to have all the data put together, analyzed, and reported, making the information less timely than preferred. Working together, Excella and the CDC aimed to visualize data from local Community Scorecards in the form of a user-friendly dashboard to see how various advocacy items and actions taken could impact community outcomes. Watch this video to see how Excella and the CDC went about creating, testing, and iterating on this dashboard in Uganda to deliver the information more quickly and add additional visibility into the advocacy impact of their work.

Modernizing for the Future of Health IT

Modernization is no small feat. Upgrading legacy systems are often high-visibility projects with high failure rates. In our experience, using Lean and Agile methodologies to implement change gradually offers the highest rate of success to improve customer service, accelerate response time, and strengthen security. This is especially true in healthcare where there is a complex ecosystem of providers, patients, systems, and data. Excella's modernization approach focuses on outcomes such as:

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Modernized system with visible progress within days and weeks rather than months and years

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Sustainable change to ensure the system is always operational, enabling organizations to remain responsive to customer needs and maintain momentum

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Transformed workforce that enhances your capabilities and culture to create connected autonomous teams

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Reusable processes and templates that lay the groundwork for future success through scalability and flexibility

Public Health Modernization Use-Cases

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HHS OIG Enterprise Dashboard

Excella collaborated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) to create a hybrid cloud infrastructure to support the Enterprise Dashboard. The Enterprise Dashboard, created through this project, gives an integrated and standardized view of critical data and allows HHS operatives the ability to drill into details so they can give faster and more comprehensive responses to information requests from Congress.



Fed Health Experts




Jimmy Benani

Federal Industry Practice Lead

Jimmy Benani leads Excella’s Federal Health Practice.  He has led teams in business analysis, process re-engineering, program & project management, software development, and agile methodologies for the past 15 years. Jimmy is now responsible for delivering value at agencies within the Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Justice. He was recently elected as the Industry Vice-Chair of the American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC)'s new Health COI and is Excella's federal health IT expert.

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Amanda Makulec, MPH

Data Visualization Lead

Amanda Makulec works with clients across sectors to deliver human-centered data visualization products. Before joining Excella in 2017, Amanda spent 8 years working with data in public health, during which she traveled to nearly a dozen countries and multiple states conducting workshops and coaching community organizations on data visualization design. At Excella she supports health data projects for clients including the CDC, developing data visualizations in Tableau, PowerBI, and other platforms, and works with organizations of all sizes to transform how they interact with and use data for decision making. She is a founding board member and Operations Director for the Data Visualization Society - a global networking organization for data viz professionals, co-organizer for the Data Viz DC Meetup, and was recently named a 40 Under 40 in the DC area by the Leadership Center for Excellence.

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