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Past Competitions

2023 Competition Information

Value, Quality, & Disparities in Care

The 2023 competition focused on measuring quality and disparities in care using a unique dataset created for use in the competition by MN Community Measurement. Additional publicly available data is encouraged to be used.  

New in 2023! The Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition is part of the 1Health interprofessional education curriculum at the University of Minnesota. 

View the Kickoff recording View the Kickoff slides

Congratulations to our Winning Teams for 2023!

1st Place - Grand Champion

Disparities in Optimal Diabetes Care Rating in Clinics in the Upper Midwest Region: Patterns, Trends, and Predictors

  • Courtney Larson Cernohous, MBA Candidate — Carlson School of Management

  • Quincy Gu, PhD Candidate — College of Science and Engineering

  • Shaquib Al Hasan, PhD Candidate — College of Pharmacy

2nd Place - Runner-Up

Community Matters: Understanding the Link Between Local Resources and PHQ-9 Positive Patients Lost to Follow-Up

  • Sara Canilang, PhD Candidate — College of Liberal Arts

  • Zuofu Huang, PhD Candidate — School of Public Health

  • Jessica Makori, MD Candidate — Medical School

  • Tanvi Mehta, PhD Candidate — School of Public Health

3rd Place

Improving Healthcare Planning: Analyzing Discrepancies Across Counties and Developing Predictive Models for Efficient Planning

  • Yash Bhirud, MSBA - Candidate — Carlson School of Management

  • Namitha Binu, Bachelor of Science Candidate — College of Science and Engineering

  • Swapnil Joshi, MSBA Candidate — Carlson School of Management

  • Akshay Rahul Kumar, MSBA Candidate — Carlson School of Management

  • Nikita Saini, MSBA Candidate — Carlson School of Management

2022 Competition Information

The 3rd annual competition asked teams to complete an exploratory analysis of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider & Systems (HCAHPS) survey to assess how patient experience in a hospital setting relates to other aspects of care. 

A total of 75 students participated in the competition from 9 colleges/schools making up 19 teams.  The first round of judging by University faculty and industry experts selected the top 5 teams to move on to the finals.  A final panel of industry expert judges from Mayo Clinic, MHealth Fairview, Optum, and OptumLabs evaluated teams' final presentations to select the competition winners.

Watch the 2022 final presentations.

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Competition!

All materials are the property of the authors and are not to be duplicated or used without prior permission. 

1st Place

Promoting Equity in Medicare's Value Based Purchasing Program  

  • Emily Johnson, Master of Healthcare Administration, School of Public Health
  • Alexander Johnson, Doctor of Medicine, Medical School

2nd Place

Demographic (In)equities Revealed by HCAHPS Ratings 

  • Jeffrey Clement, PhD, Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School
  • Zach Levin, PhD, Health Services Research, Policy, & Administration, School of Public Health
  • Khoa Vu, PhD, Department of Applied Economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Yi Zhu, PhD, Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School

3rd Place

Equity and Patient Satisfaction in Value-Based Hospital Incentives

  • Christian Coffman, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Simion De, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Souradipto Ghosh Dastidar, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Mykhaylo Malakhov, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Yihan Song, PhD, Accounting, Carlson School

2021 Competition

The 2nd annual competition asked teams of graduate students to complete an exploratory analysis of at least one of the HHS COVID-19 related datasets - the COVID-19 Reported Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity by Facility or the Community Profile Report - to assess health disparities and the community impact of COVID-19. 

A total of 94 students participated in the competition from 12 colleges/schools making up 24 teams.  The first round of judging by University faculty and industry experts selected the top 5 teams to move on to the finals.  A final panel of industry expert judges from UnitedHealth Group, Bind, Minnesota Department of Health, Mayo Clinic, Accenture, Medtronic, and MHealth Fairview evaluated teams' final presentations to select the competition winners.

Watch the 2021 Final Presentations

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Health Data Competition! 

All materials are the property of the authors and are not to be duplicated or used without prior permission. 

1st Place

The Effect of Lifting Mask Mandates 

  • Anna Errore - PhD, Supply Chain and Operations, Carlson School 
  • Bhupinder Juneja - PhD, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Bioscience/Biotechnology
  • Finn Petersen - PhD, Supply Chain and Operations, Carlson School 
  • Eric Xu - PhD, Supply Chain and Operations, Carlson School 

2nd Place

Modeling Disparities in COVID-19 Burden Amongst Racial Communities 

  • Neel Chatterjee - PhD, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Science & Engineering
  • Somya Sharma - PhD, Computer Science, College of Science & Engineering
  • Marten Thompson - PhD, Statistics, School of Statistics
  • Yash Travadi - PhD, Statistics, School of Statistics
  • Christina Zhao - PhD, Statistics, School of Statistics

3rd Place

Racial Health Disparity in COVID-19 Case Fatality Rate 

  • Sam (Yu-Chia) Hsu, PharmD - PhD, Social and Administrative Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy 
  • Hezkiel Nanda - PhD, Translational Bioinformatics, Institute for Health Informatics
  • Pui Ying Yew - PhD, Health Informatics, Institute for Health Informatics

2020 Competition

The inaugural Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition asked students to complete an exploratory analysis of the Minnesota Department of Health’s new prescription drug public use files from the MN All Payer Claims Database.  Students were asked to explore this new database and provide innovative insights, analysis, and recommendations based on their findings. 

A total of 66 students participated in the competition from 10 colleges/schools making up 16 teams.  The first round of judging by University faculty and industry experts selected the top 5 teams to move on to the finals.  A final panel of industry expert judges from UnitedHealth Group, Optum Insight, Minnesota Department of Health, Mayo Clinic, and Guidehouse Consulting reviewed the finalists’ presentations and selected the competition winners.

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Health Data Competition! 

All materials are the property of the authors and are not to be duplicated or used without prior permission. 

1st Place

The Economic Burden of Extended-Release Pharmaceuticals in Minnesota

  • Laura Barrie Smith, PhD Health Service Research, Policy, and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Alex Everhart, PhD Health Service Research, Policy, and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Yuanyuan Qiu, MS Data Science, College of Science and Engineering
  • Jiani Zhou, PhD Health Service Research, Policy, and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Yi Zhu, PhD Information and Decision Sciences, Carlson School

2nd Place

Addressing Medicaid OTC Prescription Spend

  • Chaitanya Chittineni, MD, Medical School; MBA, Carlson School
  • Joanne Dehnbostel, Epidemiology, MPH, School of Public Health
  • Edward Walczak, MD, Medical School; MBA, Carlson School
  • Jake Wythers, MBA, Carlson School

3rd Place

Uncovering the Cost of Diabetes

  • Fadlullah Ba'th, MD, Medical School
  • Jennifer Brown, PhD Neuroscience, Medical School; JD, Law School
  • Jake Gray, JD, Law School
  • Kristine Nachbor, MD, Medical School
  • Caroline Sell, JD, Law School; MPH, School of Public Health

Thank you to our judges! 

This competition would not be possible without the involvement, support, and insights of the many individuals who volunteered their time to serve as judges for this competition. Our sincere appreciation to all of our judges.