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Pandera Sponsors 6th Annual Best Buddies Gala & Casino Night

Pandera Systems was proud to be a Diamond Sponsor for the 6th annual Best Buddies of Tennessee 2015 Gala & Casino held at the Omni Nashville Hotel on March 6th. Over 500 guests, artists, athletes, and Best Buddies faithful supporters attended the event, enjoying a gourmet dinner, silent auction, and gaming.



Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Best Buddies’ seven formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies, Jobs and Ambassadors – positively impact nearly 700,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $164 million USD.

As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.

To learn more about the Best Buddies Program in your area, please visit

It’s Time to Reflect and Predict

It’s that time of year folks. A time for reflection on the year that passed all too quickly while planning for 2015.

What lies ahead for 2015 is anyone’s guess.

  • Where do we land regarding Meaningful Use Stage 2?
  • Will we ever implement ICD10?
  • What is going to happen to the Accountable Care Act under the newly elected GOP leadership?

Speculations abound on all sides of the issues. Where they fall out will be a mixture of political sway, AMA influence and the American Hospital Association wielding their powers. Each has a major stake in the outcomes so it will be interesting how they all position themselves – whether in alignment or opposition to reach an end.

It doesn’t seem to matter who you talk to, it’s clear that all the strategic plans release for 2015 include data analytics as a priority. Over the last several years, the Healthcare industry has finally discovered what an incredible asset the data collected is for society.

This is not just about population health and enabling interoperability. New care paths and treatment plans are being developed daily by tapping into transactional clinical data. Process efficiencies for revenue cycle and supply chain management have been identified to lower costs and better manage reimbursement models for hospitals and physician groups. Aggregating claims and outcome data can now pinpoint high dollar areas of opportunity to lower the cost of care to millions of patients every year. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

I for one am excited about what 2015 will bring and the advancements we will see in healthcare. From the looks of it, I am not the only one. Check out just a few of the articles out now about what is on the roadmap for the coming year.


Happy NEW Year!

What if?

So much of what we do in healthcare is about the “what if’s”—the educated guess, or even better, the SWAG. Facts we know to be true today prove to be unfounded tomorrow. More and more data becomes available on a daily basis as we improve technical proficiencies to disseminate the pieces and parts of how and why the human body works. It is a never-ending circle of evaluation and discovery.

I have a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When she was born 15 years ago, we received a number of educated guesses about her physical and mental development. Her syndrome was only identified 10 years prior, so little data was available to support a true prognosis or growth path. In fact, some suggested our best option might be to place her in an institution. According to knowledge available at the time, she would likely be severely mentally impaired (IQ of <20), her verbal communication was in question, and she would likely never walk.

However, she was lucky enough to be born during the exploration of the genome project. The knowledge around her diagnosis and treatment has increased exponentially in the last 15 years. Using genomic and clinical data collected across the globe, her care team has mapped a clearer path for her development. Through intervention therapies, subject matter immersion and exposure to typical peer-models, my daughter now has an IQ of 87, loves to sing “Let it Go” at the top of her lungs in the shower and walks alone without the aid of assistive devices –though she will tell you she has “balance issues”. All of the credit is hers for beating the odds but none of it would be possible without someone along the way asking “what if?” then turning to data for the answer.

Parents, clinicians, and the everyday Joe have more access to data than ever before. Data discovery is not just for research rats and IT analysts. It is available in all aspects of our professional and personal lives, from your Kroger Plus card and Amazon purchase history to your personal health record and 23andMe DNA analysis. We all have the ability to ask the “what if’s” by trending our purchase patterns, relating them directly to our current health status and taking action as a result.

Introducing a self-service business intelligence (SSBI) program into your clinical data management strategy allows business and clinical users to answer their own “what if’s” as they arise. These people input the data AND they consume the data so they are the best resources to answer what is useful vs. what is noise.

Empowering your business and clinical consumers with SSBI is a quick and innovative way to promote real change in your organization. When implemented and governed correctly, users have an agile yet sophisticated avenue to explore the unknown. In turn, they gain the ability to recognize new insights on treatment protocols, trend clinic outcomes and identify cost containment methods for both patients and providers.

“What if’s” drive my everyday life, both professionally and personally. What if we introduce music and the arts early in the lifecycle for all children with mental and functional disabilities? What if we introduced sign language to 4-month-old babies with verbal disabilities? What if we introduce wearable devices into the clinician’s workflow? What if we implement a robust clinical data lake capable of data discovery on the fly? The possibilities are endless.

What if…?

Could It Really Be That Easy?

We have a client who has his motto, “Make it easy, make it awesome”. This motto is clearly posted in every one of his urgent care clinics, visible to staff and patients alike. The first time I saw it, my immediate thought was, “Yeah, right.” I work in the field of health IT. Given the complexities of Meaningful Use, Accountable Care, patient privacy, population management, and patient qualities initiatives, do you seriously think anything is going to be easy? And I can’t even fathom awesome.

I have always preferred the phrase, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you,” and was having a difficult time reconciling the two seemingly divergent positions in my mind. Is it even reasonable to expect a health IT system, with the constant challenge of disparate data integration issues, lack of standard terminology, and competing government agendas to be “easy”?

If it were easy, everyone would already be doing it, right? Shouldn’t we be constantly innovating, challenging our users to push the envelope, to think outside the box?

After spending time with our client and watching his team work, it hit me. Maybe, I was missing the point. Maybe, we spend too much time pushing the envelope and we forget what the vast majority of our users really want. They want an easy way to answer the simple questions. They want the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “why” of healthcare.

It starts off innocently. We are asked by a user to build a simple metric to define a patient population based on specific criteria, but then we become our own worst enemy. What about this data exception? Wouldn’t it be cool if we could show this? But department “X” only wants to see things in a certain format. Can we build an interface for them in case they need access too?

All are questions that we could answer, but everything can quickly spiral out of control. One question, leads to another and we are suddenly complicating a simple question into a complicated algorithm that only a PhD statistician can decipher.

By accepting this self-imposed “challenge” to push the envelope we have taken the simple request, and quickly turned it into a 23-page requirement document and five-screen dashboard that needs a training tutorial and help desk backup to navigate. We still didn’t answer the simple question.

What if we turned the tables and started off answering the easy questions first? What if we empower our users to answer their own simple questions? What would health IT look like if we challenged ourselves to create an easy data framework of who, what, when, and why and then put it in the hands of our clients? Chances are the results would be pretty awesome.

Pandera Cruise 2014!

The Pandera team works hard and plays hard! We all had a great time on the open seas enjoying the cruise to Bahamas. With offices all over the country, we rarely have the opportunity to get all of our team members together. As a rapidly growing company it is essential for us to spend time with new and distant team members. This gives us a chance to learn about our coworkers’, share some laughs, and make some fun memories to brighten up our workdays. Our leadership team understands the importance of combining all of our brainpower to push toward innovative solutions. We were spoiled by some exceptional meals, Royal Caribean spa treatment, fun in the sun, a day at the Cove Atlantis waterpark, and evening at Senor Frogs. Now that our sunburns have faded, we have returned feeling refreshed, motivated, and more united.

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Pandera is Going International!

We are going global! We have expanded our professional services beyond the US market by joining one of the fastest growing and largest economies: China. We were fortunate to visit China and enjoy its culture, people, cuisine, and surroundings. We would like to thank CiMing CheckUp, China Pacific Insurance, China Unicom, and China Telecom for their hospitality and giving us the opportunity to visit them!

In an effort to help these businesses learn more about Big Data, BI Analytics, and Enterprise Decision Automation, we presented our strategic BI roadmap, led by Steven Dong. We explained our innovative solutions for gathering and organizing big data to create business alignment and improve performance for organizational success. Our solutions are designed for the widest array of devices for constant access into critical analytics. By the completion of our visit, some of China’s largest organizations gained better understanding and appreciation on the value that Pandera’s Enterprise Decision Automation solutions can deliver.


Announcing Pandera Catalyst: Complete Business Intelligence Training Service

We are thrilled to begin offering our new Pandera Catalyst training service to our customers! Pandera Catalyst empowers your organization with MicroStrategy training solutions and develops your employees into technical experts. We believe that professionals learn best when training upon a required task of the user, rather than merely reviewing the functionality of the tool. Whether private or public, classroom or remote, our experienced instructors will deliver lively instruction, answer questions, and guide users through detailed hands-on exercises to transform learning into a high-degree of proficiency. This high-paced training solution delivers faster, scalable knowledge-transfer that can be used for a single user or thousands. (more…)

Pandera expands to new Atlanta office!

We are excited to announce our latest expansion with our new office in Atlanta! We are continuing to grow and out-pace the competition by providing unbeatable BI solutions and services. Our Atlanta office will be the home for our business development, product marketing, visual & cognitive ergonomics, and essential operations & development teams. We will also be offering our strategic advisory and alliance and managed services that will be available throughout the region. We look forward to the new opportunities that this location will provide for our partners and clients!

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Pandera’s Donation to a Boston Marathon Runner

Pandera congratulates Anna Buttrey on her completion of the Boston Marathon, her 9th marathon, and most memorable! Anna is the wife of Pandera account director, Dean Buttrey. She ‘got the running bug’ after a marathon in 2006, and qualified for her first Boston last March, 2013, finishing that race in a 3:44:21. The enormous surge in support for Boston this year left Anna without a bib for the race. However, fate was on her side as she was selected to be a charity runner for the Lowell Spinners, a Single A affiliate to the Boston Red Sox. Pandera stepped forward to provide the charitable donation needed to obtain her monetary goal!

Dean and Anna traveled to Boston with their 3 children to make sure they ALL got to experience this once-in-a-life time event together! An unfortunate hamstring injury prevented Anna from training as much as she planned, but determination helped her cross that Boston Finish line, smiling her way to it – in 4:10:28!

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Pandera is on the move!

In addition to keeping a sharp mind, Pandera understands the value of physical fitness to conquer every-day challenges. We’re supporting active lifestyles and improving our health by getting involved in activities like the recent IOA Corporate 5k in Orlando, and launching a company wide Fitbit challenge. We are motivating our team to keep in shape with some friendly competition. Let us know if you or your company have ideas to keep moving and keep fit.

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