Marmi Le

The Professionals Cohort (Colorado)

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Marmi Le (California)

Marmi is a healthcare analytics veteran who has worked in the industry for two decades. 

Formerly a business intelligence developer at Children’s Hospital Colorado, she provided evidence that infectious disease preventionists’ efforts to properly isolate covid-suspected/positive patients were working, among other analyses since the start of this crisis in support of the hospital system’s covid command center. 

As cofounder of Pie and Donut Analytics last year, she wrote a two-part series of articles on Medium about being a data worker in these pandemic times – “How to make a covidiot-proof COVID-19 dashboard” and “A Tale of Two Covid-Era Data Whistleblowers.” 

You can read them here https://medium.com/swlh/how-to-make-a-covidiot-proof-covid-19-dashboard-46943bcb125d and here https://medium.com/datadriveninvestor/a-tale-of-two-covid-era-data-whistleblowers-9b71c4384851

A few words from those who submitted Marmi Le:

“Marmi has been a data hero for almost a quarter century. After working as a research associate in the finance industry for 5 years, she was laid off when the first tech bubble burst, then for the next almost two decades until November 2020 has practiced advanced data analytics in the healthcare industry. She has saved California an estimated $334M per year as statistician for the state’s Medicare program, performed a lead role in projects directly helping transplant patients and their caregivers as a data analyst and certified Improvement Advisor for Kaiser Permanente, and identified ~$40M in annual savings from Medicaid drug purchasing and served as a data science mentor at IBM Watson Health. More recently, she created dashboards and performed various ad hoc requests supporting the COVID-19 command center and infectious disease department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Currently, Marmi is a cofounder at Pie and Donut Analytics, a consulting firm specializing in healthcare data.”

Chris Vanderveen

The Press Cohort (Colorado)

Chris Vanderveen (Colorado)

Chris Vanderveen isn’t a math guy. His spreadsheets are messy, at best. But at some point, in the late spring of 2020, he found himself trying to help people who wanted more than complicated charts and numbers.

They wanted context.

In essence, they wanted to know, “What’s it all mean?”

Chris, an investigative reporter at Denver’s KUSA-TV, turned his twitter account into a daily, one-stop shop for Coloradans interested in knowing more about what the virus was up to in the state.

There, generally around 4pm, people could get info on patient counts, case counts, positivity and deaths.

With the help of his ridiculously simple graphics (arrows drawn via mouse), Chris turned the state’s daily data dump into a way for people to watch and analyze the trends. His daily updates have turned into a daily watering hole monitored by state health officials and twitter newbies alike.

On Twitter, he’s snappy and sharp. He doesn’t tolerate nonsense, and gets a lot of flack for it. He promotes science and research, and engages in discussion with those seeking answers — while shutting down those who propagate fringe ideas. With his signature red-pen, talent for graphics and video, and propensity for facts, Chris delivers information the way it was meant to be — with honesty.

A few words from those who nominated Chris:

“In Colorado, Chris Vanderveen has been my go-to. Great job reporting numbers and also providing “what does it all mean” analysis.”

“Keeps us updated with relevant rates, graphs, and context. Great resource!”

Click here to follow Chris on Twitter

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