HERC: VA Data Bootcamp
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VA Data Bootcamp


Each year the VA Palo Alto Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) program hosts a "VA Data Bootcamp" conference to orient trainees to the VA's electronic health record databases and network of clinicians, researchers, and operational clinical managers. Below is the schedule for the upcoming fall 2018 bootcamp.

Day 1: Friday, October 12, 2018
VA Data Access & Protocols, VA Source Data, and Cancer Data
8:30am - 9:00am

Welcoming Remarks and Good Clinical Practices
Steve Asch, MD, Todd Wagner, PhD & Jennifer Lee, MD, PhD

9:00am - 9:30am

Access to VA Data: DART, Operations & VA Publications Protocols
Nicole Flores, BA & Elizabeth Gehlert, MPH

9:30am - 10:15am

How data get there: views from a clinician in CPRS
Donna Zulman, MD, MS

10:15am - 10:30am


10:30am - 11:00am

Overview and Practical Applications of Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW) Utilization Data
Laura Graham, PhD, MPH

11:00am - 11:30am

Overview and Practical Applications of Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Data
Liberty Greene, MS

11:30am - 12:30pm


12:30pm - 1:30pm

Cancer Data
John Leppert, MD & Lesley Park, PhD, MPH

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Practical Applications of Cancer Data
Suzanne Tamang, PhD

2:00pm - 2:05pm

Closing Remarks/Session Survey
Todd Wagner, PhD


Day 2: Monday, October 15, 2018
VA Pharmacy & Lab Data, VA Cost Data, Other Resources
9:00am - 9:05am

Welcoming Remarks
Steve Asch, MD & Todd Wagner, PhD

9:05am - 10:05am

VA Pharmacy Data
Noelle Hasson, PharmD

10:05am - 10:35am

Practical Applications for Use of VA Pharmacy Data: Case Study Involving Opioids
Sesh Mudumbai, MD & Laura Wu

10:35am - 10:50am


10:50am - 11:20am

VA Laboratory Data
Vilija Joyce, MS

11:20am - 11:45am

Practical Application of VA Laboratory Data: Examination of Longitudinal Laboratory Counts & BMI Measurements to Improve Predictions of Prostate Cancer Patient Prognosis
Joanna Sylman, PhD

11:45am - 12:45pm


12:45am - 1:15pm

Cost Data (MCA, HERC, Wage Index) & Risk Adjustment
Todd Wagner, PhD

1:15pm - 1:45pm

VA Purchased Care Data
Todd Wagner, PhD

1:45pm - 2:00pm

Data Sources for Medicaid, Medicare, and Mortality (Vital Status & National Death Index)
Jean Yoon, PhD

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Other Data Documentation and Resources: Funding Opportunities, References, Courses, Forums
Todd Wagner, PhD

2:15pm - 2:20pm

Closing Remarks/Session Survey
Todd Wagner, PhD


Day 3: Friday, October 19, 2018
Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) Data Initiatives and Data Methods
9:00am - 9:05am

Introductory Remarks
Jennifer Lee, MD, PhD

9:05am - 9:25am

Opportunities to Tap Data Initiatives in CSP, Million Veteran Program (MVP), & VAPAHCS
Jennifer Lee, MD, PhD

9:25am - 10:15am

Study Design Examples and Common EHR Biases
Po-Yin Chang, PhD & Hui Wang, PhD,

10:15am - 10:30am


10:30am - 11:20am

Practical Scenarios of Design and EHR Bias Consideration
Andrew Chang, PhD & Kent Heberer, PhD,

11:20am - 12:20pm

Introduction to Statistical Methods in Data Science: Estimate, Predict, and Explore
Hui Wang, PhD & Ilana Belitskaya, PhD

12:20pm - 12:30pm

Closing Remarks/Session Survey
Jennifer Lee, MD, PhD


Day 4: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
VA Operations Partnerships
8:30am - 9:00am

Overview of Partnerships
Jodie Trafton, PhD

9:00am - 9:05am

Partnerships at Ci2i
Susan Frayne, MD

9:05am - 9:10am

Mental Health
Jodie Trafton, PhD

9:10am - 9:15am

Geriatrics and Extended Care
Ciaran Phibbs, PhD

9:15am - 9:20am

Pharmacy Benefits Management
Amanda Midboe, PhD

9:20am - 9:25am

Women's Health
Susan Frayne, MD

9:25am - 9:55am

Q&A Discussion

9:55am - 10:00am

Closing Remarks/Session Survey
Todd Wagner, PhD