Scientists, health-care professionals, and business executives will discuss how data analytics can be used to improve both patient care and business operations at the Business Intelligence and Health-Care Analytics Symposium on April 1.

The day-long symposium, sponsored by the Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics (CBIA) in the Pamplin College of Business and Carilion Clinic, will be held at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke.

“The enormous and continuing growth in the quantity of health-care data brings a host of technical and regulatory challenges, but also some tremendous opportunities to improve health-care operations,” said Linda Oldham, center executive director.

“Our speakers will discuss how advanced analysis of health-care data can drive more efficient, personalized, and effective care for patients while also delivering better business outcomes.”

The complexity of health care has increased exponentially over the past several years, said Stephen A. Morgan, Carilion Clinic’s senior vice president and chief medical information officer.

“In order to address these challenges, Carilion Clinic has continued to invest in information technology and skill sets that will allow us to make data driven decisions at the point of care for our patients,” he said. “Our partnership with Virginia Tech further enhances our ability to deliver more advanced analytics and research capabilities.”

Oldham said the symposium also presents a networking opportunity for participants. The target audience includes health-care practitioners, health-care business professionals, analytics solutions providers, government and academic leaders, students, and researchers.

The speakers include representatives from Leidos Defense, Health, and International Solutions Group; Lee & Hayes; NCI Information Systems Inc.; Carilion Clinic; Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Virginia Tech; and the Pamplin College of Business.

Topics will include:

  • the macroeconomic forces affecting health care
  • workflow management data and improvements in care
  • innovative disease management and treatment protocols
  • health-care intellectual property portfolios
  • the potential of pathology reports
  • intergenerational dynamics of health, education, economics, and social well-being
  • health-care analytics

The afternoon events will include pitches by the finalist teams in the Health-Care AppJam competition, sponsored by Avanade, followed by judging, selection of the winners, and awarding of prizes. The student apps will propose new ways to apply the Microsoft HoloLens’ holographic capabilities to health-care needs.

Faculty, students, and staff of Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Carilion Clinic may attend the symposium at no charge. Others may attend for a fee of $200.

All participants must register for the symposium.

For more information, please visit the Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics.

For questions, please contact Linda Oldham at

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