May 19, 2015 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Vasilis Hervatis, PhD candidate, Nabil Zary, PhD
Preparing the future workforce of healthcare professionals in achanging world is a great challenge. Educators, and other decisionmakers, expect evidence-based knowledge to them make decisionsfor better quality of education. Analytics has been used successfully in other areas and has great potential even for education. Previous studies have mainly focused on the technical issues related toanalytics. This study focused therefore on aspects of analytics that are related to its practical implementation. The aim was to create a conceptual model for a deeper understanding of the synthesizing process and the transformation of data to information and decision support. The design of this qualitative study followed the deductive, case study approach. The case study method included interviews and observations. Responders were faculty, course designers, directors, and coordinators. The design was deductive and tested parts of thetheory of the analytics’ loop (Capture, Report, Predict, Act, Refine). The conceptual framework has been used to explain the main aspects or key factors in a visual, graphical form. A deductive, case study approach was selected to develop the conceptual framework. The results showed the process of how the Analytics’ loop is working both in theory and in practice. The conceptual framework encompasses from the underlying data, the integration of Medbiquitous standards, to the quality indicators and decision support.