Masters, Health Informatics, Business Intelligence, Data

Being determined to contribute to future advances in healthcare provision, I seek to become a Business Intelligence Analyst who deploys Predictive Analytics and Big Data techniques in addition to traditional BI in this vital area. I apply for The Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) Degree through the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) program of XXU to learn the most advanced methods to achieve my long term goals.

The first time I realized cutting-edge technology would totally change future healthcare was during my internship training at IBM’s biggest client center in China. Introduced to a plethora of technologies, I was particularly fascinated with IBM Content and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare solutions, which provides diagnostic assistance for doctors and improves clinical treatment effectiveness by combining predictive modeling with healthcare-specific content analysis. I very much admire my mum, a physician who diagnoses the disease from her own great mental store of knowledge and experience. While discussing diagnostics with my mother, it occurred to me that Predictive Analytics could go beyond traditional diagnosis and provide more clinical and operational insights by identifying trends, patterns and deviations with even larger amount of clinical data

Having interned in Banking, Transport, Energy and Car Industry, I am a firm believer in the irreplaceable power of technology that leverages data for effective business decision-making. But in Healthcare, I see the impact of technology as being potentially even more far-reaching and meaningful by helping clinical decisions. This would improve patient care and optimize outcomes, and in long run improve human life quality and people’s happiness. However, our world is limited in medical resources and faces the additional and multiple challenges related to a rapidly aging population. It is estimated that 1.5 million patients in the US are harmed by late or inaccurate diagnosis. In China, the latest trial of system of family medication in Hangzhou resulted in each doctor taking care of more than 3000 people mostly senior citizens. Seeing the healthcare concerns and the great potential of technology increasing healthcare quality and efficiency has fired a great desire to contribute in this field.

According to a health informatics research of University of XXXX, XXX College of Medicine in 2014, medical data will double every 73 days by 2020, however currently most of this data is discarded or underutilized. Highly aware of the power of Business Intelligence transforming raw data into meaningful information to support decision-making, I believe BI is one of the most effective ways to take advantage of this vast store of clinical data and make sense of it. That is why I am determined to pursue a career in Business Intelligence and apply my knowledge and skills in information technology and data analytics to healthcare.

To date, my education background and internships have all contributed to my goal as a Business Intelligence analyst. I have greatly enjoyed my undergraduate studies majoring in Management Information Systems, with Economics as my minor subject. I particularly enjoyed studying Database Management, Information System Design, and Decision-making Architecture, which demonstrated to me the amazing transition from data storage to data-driven decision-making. The one-semester exchange study at CS department of University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne has greatly improved my knowledge of statistics in SAS, my programing skills in Data structure, and I learnt NPL and statistical language modeling of unstructured data from Text Information System. These studies equipped me with technical knowledge of decision-making based on both structured and unstructured data, and stimulated a desire to explore the subject further in real world projects which I have during my internships to date.

I have my first hand-on experience of Business Intelligence at IBM France, working on material management reporting for the biggest client in French rail industry. I formulated high-level reports for diverse decision goals and contributed to the entire ETL process behind them, based on huge amount of data collected from 45 technical operation centers and warehouses of the company. I have improved my technical skills such SQL, DataStage and Cognos, and also my understanding of data warehouse architecture. Interestingly, my other internships at Electricity of France, Natixis Bank and IBM China have made the BI project easier to approach, as they previously contributed to my understanding of data extraction, data visualization development and requirement analysis.

I understand that a Business Intelligence analyst is not only a technology expert who dives deep into data sets and software programs, but also someone who translate industry specific concerns to data requirements. My internships both as developer and sales person have formed an ideal basis in honing my technical skills in handling raw data and my skills in ‘pain point’ analysis, serving as a foundation for my future career in BI.

Aside from my academic and practical experience in BI, I am highly aware of the knowledge I still need to develop to achieve my career goal. During my BI internship, I have seen first- hand real-world situations where traditional BI focusing on backward-looking analysis cannot provide insights for preventive actions. To maximize BI potential with forward-looking analysis, I seek to develop my knowledge of statistical and computational techniques such as predictive modeling and pattern recognition. I also seek exposure to healthcare information systems to learn how to best apply predictive analytics to satisfy the genuine need in healthcare. I have no doubt that BIDA program is the best way to develop or obtain the knowledge and skills I need to achieve all these goals. The program curriculum covers all my areas of interest (you might list these in brackets here but I would not bother, the reader will know what is in the curriculum) and the fact that I would be able to study Healthcare Information Systems specifically, makes it an ideal fit for my purposes.

Today’s IT companies such as Google and IBM have already started to cooperate with pharmaceutical companies such Sanofi and Novartis to work on digital health solutions, where I see growing trend in IT-Healthcare collaboration. With XXU’s reputation and high-quality courses that perfectly fit my needs, I believe I can contribute to this growing trend and fulfill my goal as a healthcare BI analyst. Following my experience as BI analyst, I want to take more responsibility. I hope to be a project manager, working on large-scale projects of digital healthcare. It is notable that three of the top four pharmaceutical companies in the world are based in French speaking countries. My fluency in French, gained over a five year residence in France, is therefore a further and significant advantage in enabling me to work effectively in my area of choice.

It is estimated that, in the future, every person is likely to generate more than one million gigabytes of health-related data in their lifetime. I want to help health professionals to harness the power of massive bodies of clinical data to improve healthcare quality and lower costs. I believe that my academic background and internship experiences make me an excellent ‘fit’ for BIDA program of CMU and it will be my solid stepping-stone for my career goal and my ambitions with regard to the provision of the healthcare of the future.

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