Blacks in Technology Nashville Launches Health Tech Initiative for Nonprofit Organizations

The Nashville branch of the Blacks in Technology Foundation (BIT-Nashville) has launched a nationwide initiative to provide nonprofit Tennessee health organizations with training in data analytics. The free program will focus on Excel skills, analytics, data visualization and storytelling.

“We wanted to choose skills that we knew were important for data analysis and communication, and that would be readily available to virtually anyone,” says Holly Rachel, president and co-organizer of BIT-Nashville. “So we focused on Excel, not the more expensive data analysis platform, because Excel is easily accessible to everyone.”

Data analytics and artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly important tools in health care to address public health problems, reduce hospital returns and escalate potential health problems for physicians.

“Data can be used for all kinds of things. Depending on what indicators you pay attention to, they can be used to optimize operations, improve patient care or obtain funding, ”says Rachel. “To be more specific, data can be used to reduce waiting times and identify differences to close gaps in patient care.”

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It was important for the BIT-Nashville team to make sure that the skills taught would be applicable to nonprofit healthcare organizations regardless of their budget. Organizations do not need to invest in additional technology implementations to use training.

Part of BIT-Nashville’s mission is to engage the community through technology. Rachel explains that because the nonprofit health clinics involved serve the most vulnerable groups in Tennessee across the state, it was important for BIT-Nashville to provide a program that would give participants the skills needed to accomplish their mission. The goal of the organization was to make learning relevant, effective, flexible and challenging.

The 12-week program will be conducted virtually and includes a combination of self-paced and supervised courses. BIT-Nashville has partnered with local learning partners such as Nashville Software School, LocalTek and Next Gen Health Analytics to provide the curriculum.

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“We know how important it is to have healthcare professionals at the forefront who are knowledgeable about the data,” says Lena Winfrey, vice president and co-organizer of BIT-Nashville. “This knowledge can greatly revolutionize the process of data entry and discovery for our nonprofit health professionals, especially at a time when we are in a global pandemic.”

Nonprofit health care providers who choose to participate in the analytics training program include Alive Hospice, Mercy Community Healthcare, Cempa Community Care, Rural Medical Services, Ocoee Regional Health, Lifespan Health, Cherokee Health Systems, Maury Regional Medical Group, Christ Community Health Services , The Hamilton County Department of Health, Silaam Health, East Tennessee Public Health, the Hardeman County Public Health Center, the Tennessee State Aid Association and the Mountain People’s Health Councils.

The initiative is sponsored by HCA Healthcare and Dell Technologies.

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