Employee Spotlight: Lauren Johns, PhD, Senior Analyst

Senior Analyst, Lauren Johns, PhDFall is in full swing here at BHE and we have a lot of exciting projects going on. We’ve also decided to mix up our Employee Spotlight feature so that you can get to know our employees a little bit better. This month we’re highlighting one of our new Instant Health Data (IHD) team members and recent PhD grad, Lauren Johns.

1.  How long have you been at BHE and what is your role here?

I’m a senior analyst on the IHD analytics team. I started here about a month and a half ago, after finishing up my PhD in environmental epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. I was introduced to BHE through a data science fellowship I was completing in Boston last winter.

2.  What does a typical day look like for you?

My typical day is pretty exciting and involves working on a range of diverse projects. In general, I am usually involved in answering client questions about the implementation of their real world data analyses using our analytics tool. I also regularly assist in training clients on using IHD and I am involved in the various analytics components of consulting projects.

3.  What do you like most about your job?

Although my degree is specialized, my role isn’t and I can dip my toes in a lot different projects. These can range from coding data visualizations to creating training slide decks to writing up methodology for an analytics project. I also really like my coworkers. They are all very smart and energized to be here. It’s a very dynamic atmosphere and the work is constantly changing. I’m enjoying learning more about real world data analytics and the various methods necessary to implement large database studies. It’s a great space to be in right now as the technology is constantly changing.

4.  What do you think sets BHE apart from the other life sciences tech companies out there?

BHE’s size makes the company unique. It’s a smaller company and everyone is open to new ideas. Your perspective is valued and you can have an immediate impact on a project or the work environment.  The tech side is very dynamic and constantly changing which makes it very exciting.

5.  What advice do you have for someone looking for a similar role?

If you have a degree in a specialized subject area, there are still many skills that are transferable to tech and life sciences companies. Don’t stick with just what you know, but look outside your specialization because your perspective and skill set may prove valuable in a field otherwise dissimilar to your own. Don’t be afraid to take risks.

6.  Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

In my first year of undergrad at Columbia University, I played shooting guard on the varsity women’s basketball team.

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BHE Employee Spotlights – Q1 2017

BHE’s team grew considerably over the past few months. Here’s a look at three of our new team members:

Robert I. Griffiths, MS, ScD: Chief Scientific Officer

headshot of Robert GriffithsDr. Griffiths has over 25 years of experience in outcomes research, including evaluating the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medical technologies and practice in clinical trials, and in electronic health record and insurance claims databases.  He has contributed to more than 70 peer-reviewed articles published in medical journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Cancer, and Blood. Prior to joining BHE, he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at Oxford University, United Kingdom. Dr. Griffiths received a master’s degree in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Doctor of Science in Health Policy and Management (concentration health finance) from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Evidence-Based Health Care at Oxford University, where he is also a member of Balliol College. In addition, Dr. Griffiths holds a part-time faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.


Rahul Jain, PhD: Senior Manager

Rahul Jain HeadshotDr. Jain’s primary research experience is applied health economics using advanced econometric techniques and he has specialized in pharmacoeconomics, health outcomes research and health policy research. Dr. Jain’s research has also focused on using novel data analytic techniques that address non-random treatment assignment reflecting “real world” treatments patterns within large administrative claims and other databases. Prior to joining Boston Health Economics, Dr. Jain was Research Manager at HealthCore, Inc. and an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Dr. Jain has a master’s degree from the Indian Statistical Institute and a PhD in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his Post-Doctoral fellowship from Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy.

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Instant Health Data (IHD): Leading the Way in Rapid Analytics for Real-World Data

Written by Jack Fuller, Business Development Manager

Boston Health Economics (BHE), a 19-year-old healthcare analytics firm, is excited to celebrate greater industry use of our leading Instant Health Data (IHD) platform.  Over the past few years, IHD has been transforming the way researchers and analysts interact with real-world data for improved insights.

IHD supports rapid analysis of multiple types of data including claims, claims and laboratory results, electronic medical records, hospital, and integrated data sources. Drawing on a respected team of outcomes researchers, physicians, methodologists, and software engineers, IHD has become a standard analytical tool for life science companies looking to leverage real world evidence (RWE) data assets.  Through extensive adoption and use of IHD, we have learned countless lessons from our clients and partners, with the main focal points being:

  1. People matter. Analytics platforms provide speed of analyses and rapid hypothesis testing capabilities, but there is no tool that can replace the analytic decisions made by clinical and statistical experts.
  2. Benefits of Big Data have been realized for RWE groups. The time is right to leverage advances in computer hardware and software to make optimal use of the wide variety of data assets.
  3. Speed is everything. The move to value based reimbursement has put even more pressure on companies to provide robust analyses to support products like never before. Stakeholders need answers quickly that can impact company bottom lines.

For the past two decades, BHE has worked with large observational datasets to perform retrospective database studies for clients throughout the life science industry.  BHE has constantly been on the cutting edge of utilizing technology to improve the efficiency of our work and has built several tools over the years to improve how we analyze real world evidence. The vision behind IHD was to develop a web-based interface that would remove the technical barriers in transforming data into information that can be shared with key stakeholders.  IHD has been leveraged by companies across the life sciences industry, including many of the top 10 pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Agile analytics will be the key for companies moving forward, which we will explore in greater detail in future articles to come. If you are interested in learning more about IHD and how it can help your organization complete studies in days instead of weeks or months, please reach out to Jack Fuller at jfuller@bhei.com.

Diabetes Hospitalization

The above is an example of the type of visualization you can build in IHD. This bar chart represents percent of patients who have a Diabetes related hospitalization, stratified by age groupings.