How You Can Use Data Analytics to Change Government

Everything about Dr. Farid Fata’s case seemed too egregious to be true.

When a whistleblower tipped off the Department of Justice back in 2013 about Dr. Fata’s unprecedented medical malpractice, government officials had a hard time wrapping their heads around the claims — at first. How could a renowned Michigan oncologist intentionally misdiagnose patients and then inject them with chemotherapy treatments? And how could he intentionally underdose patients who did in fact have cancer?

In total, 553 patients and their loved ones were victimized. Some patients died before seeing Dr. Fata sentenced to 45 years in prison on July 10, 2015. Others were left with organ damage, missing teeth, nerve damage and psychological and emotional scars. Because of the nature of the harm, government officials are calling Dr. Fata’s case the most serious fraud case in U.S. history.

Bringing him to justice took a brave whistleblower, government collaboration — and reliable data analytics.

Healthcare is one of the key areas in government where data analytics is driving value, but it’s certainly not the only one. In Indiana, government employees are using data analytics to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. The General Services Administration is using human capital analytics to inform human resources hiring and recruiting decisions. And there are countless other examples, several of which you’ll find in this guide.

When used effectively, data analytics can help to save lives, improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and help government deliver better citizen services. To support you on your data analytics journey, we’ve put together this GovLoop resource to help you:

• Define data analytics and understand why it’s a big deal in government

• Identify various use cases at the federal, state and local levels and their underlying key success factors

• Understand the privacy concerns associated with data analytics

• Glean practical tips for building a culture for data analytics at your agency

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