Our Informatics and Data Science Fellowship offers the unique opportunity to support Vizient’s Comparative Data and Performance Improvement strategic plan with a focus on leveraging data and technology to produce meaningful insights and drive improvement.
Fellows will have the opportunity to dive deeper into this new frontier where data science, informatics and performance improvement intersect in healthcare. They’ll engage in quantitative analysis and collaborative efforts with internal stakeholders and members and use data analysis to help quality and clinical staff develop strategies to improve performance and drive innovation.
The Informatics and Data Science Fellowship role
Fellows will collaborate with internal Vizient staff/leaders and external stakeholders, including Vizient clients. Fellows are responsible for data science and medical informatics projects across the clinical, operational, supply chain, pharmacy and healthcare strategy domains.
The fellowship focuses on experiential learning and is composed of four quarter-long rotations — plus a capstone project completed over the course of the year. Fellows will work with their executive mentor to find projects matched to their interests and goals. This opportunity offers pragmatic, hands-on experience supplemented with didactic sessions to ensure broad perspective on health informatics and data science.
Informatics and Data Science Fellows will finish the program with:
- A more expansive view of how informatics can be used to effectively leverage data and drive innovation forward. Informatics projects will focus on technical topics to advance Vizient offerings in areas of health care data standards, data modeling, interoperability and data infrastructure.
- The ability to develop data science approaches, such as machine-learning models to improve understanding or predict health care outcomes. Projects in data science will include data projects to improve operations, enhance products or generate new insights — plus data management responsibilities.
- A better understanding of Vizient’s business needs. Fellows will conduct competitive intelligence research and participate in client-facing meetings and ‘voice-of-customer’ work.
Our fellowship value
Vizient created this unique Fellowship in 2020 to complement the current Quantitative Fellowship and to attract individuals with a passion for healthcare informatics and data science.
Vizient recognizes the increasingly important role informatics and data science play both within our business and the industry at large. We look forward to growing these capabilities so we can leverage data insights and drive innovation in health care.
A strong educational component is built into the Fellowship program and includes:
- A yearlong capstone project (proposal and final presentation)
- Journal Club
- Book Club
- Speaker Series
- Interviews with Vizient leaders
- Rotations throughout the organization
Informatics and Data Science Fellowship Overview
Program location: Chicago or Dallas
Duration: 1 year
Number of positions: 2
- Master’s degree in data science, statistics, medical informatics, or related field preferred
- In absence of graduate training, will consider candidates with substantial work experience in healthcare care data or technical field
- Demonstrated quantitative and technical skills, including proficiency with coding languages such as SQL, python, R, or equivalent
- Experience with health care data, healthcare data standards, interoperability, or other informatics skills desirable
- Strong communication skills
- Project management skills
The application for the 2021-2022 Fellowship cycle has closed. Applications will open again Fall 2021.
Beth Godsey, Preceptor
Beth Godsey is the SVP of Data Science & Methodology at Vizient where she oversees analytical modeling, metric development and the hospital ranking/scoring methodology and framework for Vizient members. Additionally, Beth supports member scenario and impact analysis regarding changes to the national landscape, including, CMS Pay for Performance Program methods and publicly reported measures and methodology.
Prior to coming to Vizient, Beth worked in the Center of Clinical Effectiveness at BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, Missouri. In that role, Beth was responsible for statistical support, including case-control analysis, risk prediction and multi-factorial analysis across BJC HealthCare. Beth has 15 years of experience in statistical analysis and modeling with experience in providing advanced analytical support for major hospital strategic initiatives as well as systemwide analytical support.
Beth earned a Masters’ degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University and Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Beth earned her Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Dr. Shannon Sims, Preceptor
Shannon Sims, MD PhD is VP of Data Intelligence & Interoperability at Vizient. Dr. Sims leads Vizient’s enterprise efforts on clinical and operational interoperability solutions, the Vizient Big Data storage and processing platform and the Vizient Data-as-a-Service platform.
Dr. Sims has a wide range of experience in informatics, quality and analytics, including leadership roles at provider, vendor and service organizations. Dr. Sims previously held leadership roles at academic medical centers as a VP & chief analytics officer and associate CMIO.
Dr. Sims graduated from Rush University Medical College and completed an internship in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was a Robert Woods Johnson Fellow in public health informatics at the University of Utah, where he received his PhD in biomedical informatics.