Finance departments are realizing significant efficiencies through data consolidation and automation. Also, organizations that have invested heavily in data are seeing great rewards. Plus, three ways ML is helping health plans connect members with the healthcare they need, improving both outcomes and plan performance. Lastly, what companies need to deliver on their goals as we enter the “golden age” of AI and ML. 

Bridging the gap between data analysts and the finance department 

By Mary Shacklett, contributing writer for 

When I was a CIO, no department demanded more data than finance. Finance had a team of financial analysts who manipulated data into myriad spreadsheets and reports—and a demanding CFO who would always want more data. 


Report Reveals Companies With Mature Data Practices Innovate Twice as Fast 

By Chris Ehrlich, contributing writer for 

A new report shows that organizations with “mature data practices” release twice as many products and increase employee productivity at double the rate of organizations with less mature data practices. 


How Machine Learning Is Helping Consumers Take Action on Their Health 

By Craig Wigginton, contributing writer for 

For years machine learning (ML) has been touted as a way for health plans to leverage the mounds of data they collect on their members, but practical use cases remain relatively uncommon. For some, the perception may be that ML is a futuristic and somewhat impersonal way to operate, but the exact opposite is true — ML is already being used and is here to stay, and when deployed correctly it actually creates a more personalized experience for members. 


Preparing for the ‘golden age’ of artificial intelligence and machine learning 

By Joe McKendrick, contributing writer for 

Can businesses trust decisions that artificial intelligence and machine learning are churning out in increasingly larger numbers? Those decisions need more checks and balances — IT leaders and professionals have to ensure that AI is as fair, unbiased, and as accurate as possible. This means more training and greater investments in data platforms. A new survey of IT executives conducted by ZDNet found that companies need more data engineers, data scientists, and developers to deliver on these goals.  


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