Villanova Department of Computing Sciences

CSC Colloquium: Terry Helwig & Minh Tran

How to get a job with no experience in Data Warehousing and the Healthcare Industry

Time: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Location: Mendel Science Center 154


Three quarters of total health spending in the US is caused directly or indirectly by chronic disease – not for just one, but multiple chronic diseases that have a tendency to cluster together in a single individual. CareFirst, Inc. is one of the largest health care insurers in the Mid-Atlantic, with approximately 3.4 million members. The company includes 165 hospitals across Maryland, Delaware, northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. in its provider network. CareFirst serves over 500,000 members in the Federal Employee Program (FEP) and has. 5,000 employees. Pre 2009 - no standards were defined for database operations. Post 2009 – defined standards and procedures established. Discussion will include a summary overview of the data warehousing environments used at CareFirst in particular Enterprise Dimensional and operational Data Store Environment && the Business Intelligence Analytical Platform (CBI). Included will be a discussion of how students can get jobs in the HealthCare industry with minimal database experience providing their interview skills are well developed. CareFirst is currently recruiting new computer science majors.

Speaker Bio:

Terry Helwig, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Terry Helwig is a Director of IT at CareFirst(Blue Cross) Maryland and D.C. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, and an MBA with Technology concentration from Rensselaer Polytechnic. He worked previously for Accenture (New York City) for 8 years as developer and then team manager, and has worked in the health care industry for the last 6 years in managerial and executive positions. Currently, his title is Director of ODS.

Mr. Minh Kinh Tran, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Minh Tran is a 2009 Villanova Computing Sciences graduate, and currently works for Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield as an Extract Transform and Load Application Specialist (translation: a coder).

Refreshments will be served in MSC 159 after the talk.