This spring, IBM and Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy announced an initiative to help train the next-generation of pharmacists on business analytics and insight-derived decision-making. As the first college of pharmacy in the nation to add IBM Watson Analytics into its curriculum, Lipscomb University is helping their students graduate with an understanding of data and business analytics that can be applied in the workforce.
At a time when healthcare companies expect individuals at all levels of an organization to act on data-driven insights, future pharmacists need to analyze and understand data to help deliver more informed answers in patient care.
Watson Analytics is a cloud-based analytics service that enables users to upload accumulated data and find actionable insights without deep technical or coding expertise. The easy-to-use interface combined with cognitive capabilities like natural language processing guides users through advanced analytics without letting personal bias seep into the analysis. Students will learn how to analyze their dataset, as well as integrate new external data sources into their existing data, to uncover the insights they need.
"Lipscomb University has been at the forefront of the Pharmaceutical education field - offering not just pharmacy-focused degrees but also dual degrees to help our graduates in areas such as healthcare informatics," said Roger Davis, Dean of Lipscomb University's College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. "Being the first College of Pharmacy in the nation to offer access to Watson Analytics continues this mission by helping give our student pharmacists an advantage in predictive analytics and data mining, learning, and research."