Bala Hota

Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer
Rush Medical College

Hota is a Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer, Associate Chief Medical Officer, and Associate Chief Information Officer at Rush University Medical Center. He is also a board certified Infectious Diseases physician and Professor of Medicine. His focus at RUMC has been the development of tools and systems to measure and improve quality of care, and advance data science.

Hota has, through effective use of information technology, developed software products to automate condition reporting and surveillance for public health departments; improved workflows using the EMR to recapture $50M in improved revenue cycle; developed a big data and statistical consulting group to enable advanced analytics and data science on demand; and has successfully built and commercialized software for the measurement of comorbidities for accurate risk adjustment. He has also modeled academic productivity in Informatics, publishing 57 articles on various informatics related topics.

Most recently he has focused on quality measurement, identifying and publishing on issues in the US News Hospital Ranking Methodology and the CMS Star Rating System; in both instances the rating systems were improved following the proposals. He is always interested in finding novel methods to leverage information technology to improve the care patients receive.