I had the opportunity to work alongside two other MIS students, Robin Goetz and Kazi Ahmed, for AIS National Data Analytics Competition 2019. The competition is organized by the Institute for Business and Information Technology and sponsored by Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. My team was fortunate to bring home the 1st prize of the Analytics track.
Out of the 3 topics presented, our team tackled the Alexion Challenge, which posed the question “Who are the winner and loser in healthcare funding and payments?”. Analyzing healthcare data from Open Payments, we developed a plan for Alexion to identify underfunded areas and redistribute payments more efficiently. I personally analyzed the impact of royalties and licensing fees on drug quality and patients’ health, and use the visualization skills from MIS 0855 to demonstrate my findings.
Overall, this is a great experience as I got to work with open-sourced data for the first time, an area that is outside of my comfort zone.