Meet an Arcadian: Albin Anthony
“To design, prototype, develop, and implement what later became our Master Patient Index (MPI) took a long time, but I was thrilled to have been given an opportunity to lead this effort. Today our MPI matches over 20 million patient records across the country every night, and is a key component of the Arcadia Analytics platform. ”
– Albin Anthony
As a rapidly-growing product company, we are always looking for innovative, talented technical data analysts to join our family and grow along with us. We asked our technical practice leader Albin Anthony to share some of his experiences at Arcadia. If Albin’s story inspires you, please check out our technical opportunities on our careers page.
When did you join Arcadia, and what do you do here?
I joined Arcadia in January 2010, and I run the Technical Implementation Team in our Analytics line of business. My team is responsible for all the data-related aspects of an Arcadia Analytics implementation – starting with onboarding a new data source, architecting and implementing our data acquisition strategy, and configuring the platform to suit every client’s unique needs.
In addition, as the Technology Practice Leader, I ensure that all Arcadians are equipped with the technical skills and training that they need to excel at their jobs and pursue the interesting problems and stories that we encounter as we navigate through terabytes of healthcare data every day.
We’ve grown significantly since you started – what was that transformation like?
When I joined Arcadia as a healthcare consultant six years ago, we were an eighty-person organization that aspired to help drive adoption of data-driven decision making in healthcare. Today, at more than three times the size, we’re an industry leader delivering technology to make American healthcare more affordable and higher quality. We consistently demonstrate thought leadership and deep technical understanding of every aspect of the EHR data aggregation and analytics so necessary to this transition to value-based care.
I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of this transformation, and for having the opportunity to learn and grow with a diverse group of highly talented people.
What’s kept you at Arcadia?
Above everything else, the camaraderie here in the office that is driven by the great people we hire is the biggest reason I’ve stayed on. A lot of people I work with count other Arcadians amongst their closest friends. Arcadians refer their friends and family to come work with us, and those that leave continue to keep in touch through social events.
What technical achievement are you most proud of?
I have had a few different opportunities at Arcadia that have defined my career here. The most interesting ones have always been those that also have an impact at the company level.
One of our initial challenges as we prototyped early versions of our Arcadia Analytics platform was to develop a view of activity across multiple data sources and care settings at the individual patient level. Given that there is not a “National Patient Identifier” to uniquely identify individuals as they traversed through different insurance plans and health systems, we needed to use all the information we had to infer these connections and match patients from multiple healthcare data sets with a high level of certainty.
This was a tight balancing act of making assumptions to increase matching while keeping the bad matches to near zero. To design, prototype, develop, and implement what later became our Master Patient Index (MPI) took a long time, but I was thrilled to have been given an opportunity to lead this effort. Today our MPI matches over 20 million patient records across the country every night, and is a key piece of our platform.
Now that you’re responsible for managing a large team of Arcadians, what new opportunities are you excited about?
Lately, I’ve been focused on helping to revamp our implementation workflow. As more and more health care systems sign on to our platform, we need to continuously improve the efficiency of our implementation without compromising on quality. My team and I are always developing systems and processes to track every implementation and measure its success across a number of metrics – the most important ones being data quality and timeliness of delivery. This has been a great opportunity that continues to teach me new lessons in keeping my team focused while also allowing us to innovate in big and small ways to help our customers succeed.