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 from the 2017 bootcamp.

Day 1: VA Data Access & Protocols, VA Source Data, Cancer Data, Programming Resources
8:30am - 9:00am

Welcoming Remarks and Good Clinical Practices

Todd Wagner, PhD & Jennifer Lee, MD, PhD

9:00am - 10:15am

Access to VA Data: DART, Operations & Publications Protocols

Nicole Flores, BA & Elizabeth Gehlert, MPH

10:15am - 11:00am

How data get there: views from a clinician in CPRS

Donna Zulman, MD, MS

11:15am - 11:45am

Overview of National Patient Care Databases (NPCD), Patient Treatment Files (PTF) & Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Data

Todd Wagner, PhD

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Practical Application of VA Source Data

Nell Marshall, DrPH

1:15pm - 2:15pm

Cancer Data

John Leppert, MD

2:15pm - 2:35pm

Comparing the VA Central Cancer Registry (VACCR) and CDW Oncology Data Sources for Incident Cancer Cases

Lesley Park, PhD, MPH

2:35pm - 3:15pm

Research in VA vs One Institution EPIC System Data

Wen-Wai Yim, PhD - Second Year BD-STEP Fellow

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Ci2i Programming Resources

Nell Marshall, DrPH

3:45pm - 4:00pm

Closing Remarks/Session Survey

Todd Wagner, PhD


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

Welcoming Remarks

Todd Wagner, PhD

9:05am - 10:05am

VA Pharmacy Data

Noelle Hasson, PharmD

10:05am - 11:05am

Practical Applications for Use of VA Pharmacy Data: Case Study Involving Opioids

Sesh Mudumbai, MD & Laura Wu

12:05pm - 12:35pm

VA Laboratory Data

Vilija Joyce, MS

12:35pm - 1:35pm

Practical Application of VA Laboratory Data: A Temporal Examination of Platelet Counts as a Predictor of Prognosis in Lung Cancer Patients

Joanna Sylman, PhD - Second Year BD-STEP Fellow

1:50pm - 2:10pm

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

Ciaran Phibbs, PhD

2:10pm - 2:30pm

VA Purchased Care Data

Todd Wagner, PhD

2:30pm - 2:50pm

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

Jean Yoon, PhD

2:50pm - 3:10pm

Other Data Documentation

Todd Wagner, PhD

3:10pm - 3:50pm

Other Resources: Funding Opportunities, References, Courses, Forums

Todd Wagner, PhD

3:50pm - 4:00pm

Closing Remarks/Session Survey

Todd Wagner, PhD


Day 3: Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) and VA Partnerships - Discussion
9:00am - 9:05am

Introductory Remarks

Jennifer Lee, MD, PhD

9:05am - 9:30am

Overview of CSP/CSPCC Resources

Jennifer Lee, MD, PhD

9:30am - 10:15am

Study Design Examples

Jennifer Lee, MD, PhD

10:30am - 11:15am

EHR Common Biases/QC and Analytics

Hui Wang, PhD & Laura Fan, PhD

11:15am - 11:45am

Tapping CSP Big Data Initiatives - Million Veterans Program, Pre-DOS

Ilana Belitskaya, PhD and CSPCC Team

1:00pm - 1:20pm

Overview of Partnerships and Introduction of Panel

Jodie Trafton, PhD

1:20pm - 1:35pm

Mental Health

Jodie Trafton, PhD

1:35pm - 1:50pm

Women's Health

Susan Frayne, MD

1:50pm - 2:05pm

Geriatrics and Extended Care

Ciaran Phibbs, PhD

2:05pm - 2:20pm

Q&A Discussion


2:20pm - 2:30pm

Closing Remarks/Session Survey 

Todd Wagner, PhD