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OSU CHSI Health Data Shootout awards top student groups

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Swarup Jacob from Beyond the Numbers presenting his team's findings.

More than 100 Oklahoma State University graduate students representing seven colleges participated in the inaugural Health Data Shootout competition, hosted by OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI).

The competition was open to all majors. Students formed groups and tackled problems ranging from specific diseases like renal failure to disease progression and clinical decisions by analyzing clinical data from about 250,000 Native American patients from the Cerner HealthFacts Data Warehouse. The competition was judged by medical professionals from Stillwater Medical Clinic, Cerner Corporation and Cherokee Nation Health Services.

“Clearly, there is a strong interest at OSU in health care analytics,” said William Paiva, executive director for CHSI. “Across the board, the judges were amazed by the quality of the analytics produced by these teams in just two short weeks. This speaks to the first-class analytics education our students are getting at OSU and their passion in addressing real-world health challenges.”

Three teams placed in the competition and were recognized as the Oct. 13 award ceremony:

First place: Special Chai


First place: Special Chai, “Health: A game of disease progression”
Pankush Kalgotra, PhD in Management Science and Information Systems
Ankita Khurana, M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management
Rahul Sati, M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management
Shubham Singh, M.S. in Management Science and Information Systems

Second place: Beyond the Numbers


Second place: Beyond the Numbers, “Enhancement of clinical decision making using predictive modeling”

Archana Chinnaswamy, M.S. in Business Analytics 
Swarup Jacob, College of Education 



Third place: HealthChurn


Third place: HealthChum, “Exploration of hospital readmission rates and non-clinical paths for Native Americans in West South Central census zone”
Ankita Srivastava, M.S. in Healthcare Administration 
Rupesh Agrawal, PhD in Management Science and Information Systems
John Grammer, M.S. in Management Science and Information Systems
Shanmugavel Gnanasekar, M.S. in Business Analytics 
Ravi Shankar Subramanian, M.S. in Business Analytics 

“What a great opportunity to expose the students to the world of health care data analytics with real-world clinical data,” said James Stallcup, chief medical information officer for Cherokee Nation Health Services and a judge for the competition. “I was so impressed with the quality of work the OSU students were able to accomplish. It is a testament to the quality of the analytics programs at OSU and how CHSI is guiding OSU into the enormous and quickly evolving field of health care analytics.”

To learn more about CHSI and the Health Data Shootout, visit

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