Posts by Laura Blum

Public Health Analyst Series: Laura’s Journey

The me of ten years ago never would have predicted the career that I have now. Ten years ago, I was majoring in mathematics and economics at the University of California San Diego, on track to become a retirement actuary. I took a class on the US healthcare system to fulfill one of my general education requirements, and the professor assigned us a paper on a local healthcare organization of our choice.

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Public Health Analysts: Who We Are and What We Do

Public health professionals generally have, at minimum, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from a program that includes a wide variety of concentrations such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, hospital administration, and environmental health.  People often associate public health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but professionals with MPH degrees can…

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Patient-Generated Health Data and EHR Integration

  The PGHD Revolution   With the rise in popularity of mobile health apps and wearable technology, the volume of patient-generated health data (PGHD) is rapidly outpacing providers’ ability to incorporate it into care. In fact, almost half of U.S. smart phone owners report using a mobile health tracking app. These new technologies create data…

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2017 Annual Retreat: My First Week at Lantana

I started a new job last month, joining Lantana Consulting Group as a Public Health Analyst, and my first week there was a little out of the ordinary. Lantana is a distributed company, which makes it easier to hire the best people no matter where they live. The tricky part of working remotely, with no…

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