In an increasingly consumer driven world, healthcare needs to consider ways in which it can move away from its inside-out mindset, where an it creates a service then expects individuals to use it; and move to an outside-in perspective where it prioritizes the customer’s needs prior to building out services or products.

This is concept is incredibly important especially as healthcare continues its transition away from fee-for-service and toward value-based care, where the industry will need to find ways to address an individual’s entire care continuum and not just what happens while they are inside the four walls of a…


While we think about video visits being an alternative to office visits, what about transitioning entire hospital stays to the home? A challenge sure, but Johns Hopkins has been working on this since its first pilot project in 1995 (anyone remember what the internet communication was like then?). Since then, hospital at home has scaled to several different healthcare organizations including Mayo Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Partners Healthcare, Intermountain, Mount Sinai as well as others internationally. Let us look at how it works and what opportunities are out there.

What Exactly Is a Hospital-At-Home?

Following the John’s Hopkins model, a patient presents at an emergency department…


LeanTaaS is a healthcare analytics company that works to apply Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) within healthcare to improve operations; specifically (as of this writing) operating rooms, infusion centers, and inpatient bed access.

As a healthcare junkie, I am always trying to broaden my knowledge of how we can help redesign our health system such that it is more consumer oriented. …


Throughout history, humankind has sought various ways to receive medical care, and as technology has advanced, so has our ability to receive and deliver this care.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on our ability to deliver medical visits in the home, all via the internet and video technologies that have evolved significantly over the last several years, the scope of telemedicine is much broader than the ‘Zoom visits’ we see today.

To start, telemedicine is a term coined in the 1970s, essentially meaning ‘healing at a distance.’ …


A few years ago I decided to give hockey officiating a try. After playing all my life as I grew up, the sport had taken a back seat as I transitioned into adult life. After getting on the ice again here and there, I realized I had an itch that needed to be scratched. While coaching had appealed to me, starting that while working full time and being a part time grad student was out of the question. Knowing that there is always a need for referees, I decided to throw my hat in the ring and put on the…


Throughout the last month I’ve been working on learning the programming language R by analyzing hockey statistics, which has been a tad more difficult than I thought it would be. Let’s take a look at what is out there and what I’ve been able to accomplish so far this summer:

Hockey Stats as a Business Problem

After spending some time researching the field of hockey stats and analytics, I’ve learned there is a lot more out there than expected. Not only are there sites that allow users to access NHL data for free, there are also people visualizing and modeling…


Have you ever been confronted with a complex decision full of many variables and unknowns? Have you found yourself combing through report after report, but just unable to comprehend all of the data you are looking at and how it all connects to one another? Do you wish you could play out a number of scenarios side-by-side to see what your best choice would be and avoid buyer’s remorse? Well guess what, you certainly can with an analytical modeling tool called discrete event simulation (DES), and here are four reasons why you should be using it in your decision making:


Over the last few years, I’ve become more and more interested in the world of data science/advanced analytics/data mining etc, and this last semester in my graduate program things have finally come together on what can be done analytically with data, and since I’m rather passionate about it, I’m hoping to put together my first data science project from scratch. …


Recently I was presented with an opportunity to present data for a program where I needed to visually communicate how many people were being touched over a period of time. After some time playing around with the data, I figured I should do the opposite of the advice given in TLC’s 1994 hit song Waterfalls, by chasing them instead of avoiding them.

Let’s say we run a graduate test prep program and wanted to evaluate how many people we are enrolling over a period of time (say 2017). We may currently have a number of students in the program, then…

Josh Heurung

Data-driven healthcare nerd who is looking for better ways to deliver healthcare.

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