Encore Health Resources, a Houston-based health information technology consulting firm, has launched a new health analytics consulting practice to help organizations design and implement their analytics strategies.

Veteran consultant Randy Thomas has joined Encore to lead the practice, which will offer a “Smart Skinny Data” strategy--in contrast to the “Big Data” wave--that will capture precise information from multiple systems and sources and focus on what actually needs to be analyzed at any given time as an organization moves through various processes to comply with new value-based treatment and payment models. The goal is to avoid capturing massive amounts of data without proper governance of the data.

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