Informatics Research Seminar: Determining Community Health Status Priorities in an OLAP Environment

 October 16 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: James Studnicki, ScD, MBA, MPH
Presented from UNC-C

Broadcast Link: Seminar



The determination of priorities is an essential component of community health status assessment. We have deployed a web-based system with: a flexible online analytic processing (OLAP) interface; multiple sources of event-level data conformed to common definitions in a data warehouse structure; and, centralized technical infrastructure with distributed analytical capabilities. The prioritization tool integrated into the system takes full advantage of the granularity of multidimensional sources of data to: apply a series of defined objective criteria; vary the weight and selection of those criteria and detect the reordering of the rankings ; and, apply the prioritization algorithm to different categories of health status outcomes. We demonstrate the system by considering three different weighting combinations of four primary ranking criteria applied to mortality outcomes for Miami-Dade County, Florida.


Dr. James Studnicki is currently the Irwin Belk Endowed Chair in Health Services Research, and Professor of Public Health Sciences, at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, College of Health and Human Services. He was the first Director of the Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) Program in Health Finance and Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, where he served as a faculty member for 13 years. Subsequently, he was Chairman, Department of Health Policy and Management and, Director, Center for Health Outcomes Research, at the University of South Florida Health Sciences Center. He has also been a senior hospital executive and President of a technology company which was started in a University incubator.

Dr. Studnicki’s research has focused on the use of large scale databases, and associated information technology, in analyzing outcomes at the patient, hospital and community levels. He has been a frequent contributor to the health services research and public health systems and services research literatures. His publications have appeared in some of the most influential journals in public health, medical care and information technology/sciences. He is a winner of the Article of the Year award given annually by the Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) interest group of Academy Health.

Dr. Studnicki holds both Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees from Johns Hopkins and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from the George Washington University.