Harnessing Big Data

Successful hospitals and healthcare systems harness the power of data and analytics to improve performance and operational efficiency without compromising quality of care.

Improving performance with data

In partnership with Vizient, this Special Interest Group focuses on the imperatives and advantages of harnessing big data and analytics to improve performance in healthcare systems.


To create exclusive thought-leadership products, real-world case studies and instructional tools for C-level leaders in hospitals and health service providers.

Thought leadership

Practical guidance on building organizational ‘know-how’ around big data and performance improvement (e.g., how to establish an effective data analytics programme).

Expanding clinical capabilities

Cutting-edge examples of how to harness data as a key component of leadership, to make well-informed decisions for improvement and growth.

Pragmatic advice

Pragmatic advice from subject matter experts around the globe on how to report, compare and analyse data for informed decision-making.

Spotlight on recent events

Cybersecurity in healthcare: How can you protect your organizational reputation?

On 11 August 2022, members of the Harnessing Big Data SIG presented a special lunch and learn session focused on how CEOs and other C-suite executives can prepare effective strategic communications prior to, during and after a cyberattack – to help minimize the negative impact on organizational reputation. 

Aimed at a clinical or managerial executives in a hospital system with responsibilities and decision-making accountabilities for strategic communication initiatives, or anyone with an interest in crisis communications in healthcare, this virtual event gave practical advice that organizations of any size could benefit from – catch up now!

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Global Steering Committee

Governed by a Steering Committee, the Harnessing Big Data Special Interest Group is accountable to the International Hospital Federation Governing Council and is responsible for reporting to the IHF Secretariat. Further information on the role of the SIG Steering Committee can be found in its Terms of Reference.


Tampere University Hospital, Finland

Emil Ackerman

Knowledge Architect

I’m responsible for the development of knowledge management practices and infrastructure in a 9,000 employee hospital district. Leading collection, storage and refinement of (big) data...


NHS Confederation

Rosie Richards

Assistant Director, European Digital and Research policy

My role is to support the healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to better harness public health data to understand and tackle health...


The Joint Commission

Kin Lee

Chief Digital & Information Officer, and Enterprise Information Security Officer

I lead enterprise-wide digital transformation vision for the development and execution of information technology, data analytics, and business applications for the Joint Commission, the Joint...


University Hospital of Brussels, Belgium

Tom Coolen

Director ICT, Biomedical equipment, Patient Administration services and Quality

I was involved in the setup of our hospital’s digital health platform and including the secondary use of ‘real-world’ data. My interest in joining the...


Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

Osama El-Hassan


I supervise leveraging the digital health regulatory framework of the emirate of Dubai which includes data strategy, health information governance, data analytics and AI. My...


Apollo Hospitals, India

Sujoy Kar

Chief Medical Information Officer & Vice President

I am responsible for designing, developing and deploying over dozens of Clinical AI APIs at Apollo Hospitals. My  current and ongoing research interests are in...


Polish Hospital Federation

Ligia Kornowska

Managing Director

I’m responsible for issues with medical data (access to medical data, data protection, cybersecurity) and innovations in healthcare, i.e. AI, AR, blockchain technology. I’m co-founder...


Health Care Accreditation Council, Jordan

Ahmad N Shatat

Head of Surveys and Surveyors Unit

In my role, I manage a large database on healthcare institutions indicators, changes, challenges and compliance to quality and patient safety standards. In addition, I...


Vizient Inc.

David Levine

Group SVP, Advanced Analytics & Product Management

Blending clinical leadership and informatics experience, David is responsible for driving key initiatives for Vizient, including growing the Center for Advanced Analytics, leading the development...

Network Solutions, Vizient, Inc.

Julie Cerese

Senior Vice President

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