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