Informatics Research Seminar: Big(ger) Data in Health Informatics

March 19 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Speaker: William B. Saunders, PhD, MPH
Presented from UNC-Charlotte

Broadcast Link: Seminar

Big(ger) Data in Health Informatics


Dr. Saunders will describe applications of big – and bigger – data in predictive analytics and outcomes research. As part of this discussion, he will review how banking and other industries are years ahead of healthcare with respect to decision-making based on big data, which is not necessarily a problem given the fact that healthcare informatics (HI) is very complex. Specifics examples from his research using electronic medical record data to study diabetes will be highlighted, including the methods required for working with such data.  Finally, he will present examples of cutting-edge applications of big data in healthcare research and what HI might look like in the future.


William B. Saunders, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UNC Charlotte, where in addition to teaching courses in the Professional Science Masters Program in Health Informatics and supervising student internships, he is Acting Head of the College of Health and Human Services Health Informatics & Outcomes Research Academy (HInORA). His current research projects are related to childhood obesity and the prediction of hospital readmission. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, Dr. Saunders’ 20+ years of experience included running his own successful analytic consulting business, Saunders Research, as well as positions at GE Healthcare, Outcome, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Premier Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Saunders also is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his PhD in Epidemiology in 1994 and a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics in 1987. His experience and interests also include business development, information-based clinical planning, SAS programming, research design and involvement in national
and international research societies.