Some of the best interactions at conferences are the impromptu conversations that occur in the hallways between formal sessions. Here we try to capture that spirit with our interview with Fred Deese, CEO of Visual Connections, a fast-rising SDVOSB, HUBZone, Top Secret Facility Cleared and CMMI ML 3 firm. Fred, a finalist for the 2015 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year award for the State of Maryland and recipient of the Bronze Stevie Award for Technology Executive of the Year, provides insight into new opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for firms supporting the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other healthcare focused agencies.

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“Data Analytics” Fred says. “MicroStrategy and LexisNexis have done a great job of becoming predominant players on which CMS has come to rely – sometimes together and sometimes separately.” Fred points out that CMS is still behind the curve in several areas. “There are a number of leaders in the commercial sector that can really help fill some of the gaps,” he says. “As the pain level increases, there is going to be a lot of opportunity for new solutions [in Data Analytics].” Fred also points out that “CMS has done a great job over the past decade on closing the gap of interoperability between different data warehouses and datasets. This will help CMS propel itself into better data analytics,” he says. To help facilitate this, Fred highlights the fact that CMS formed the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) to oversee improvements in data collection and dissemination as the agency strives to be more transparent.

To read the full Interview, read Pages 14-15 in the Summer 2015 FedHealthIT Magazine.

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