2nd Seattle Symposium on Health Care Data Analytics

Join us in Seattle this fall to explore innovative methods for using big data in health research.


Event presentations

Presentations by Veera Baladandayuthapani and Michael Nguyen are available upon request. Please email seattlesymposium@ghc.org.

Learning from electronic data to advance health and health care

The 2nd Seattle Symposium on Health Care Data Analytics will bring together biostatisticians, data scientists, epidemiologists, health services researchers, informaticists, and other scientists from across the country to discuss health research and methods that involve large health care databases. The symposium will feature innovative research on:

  • methods for drug and vaccine safety;
  • trial designs in big health care data; and
  • inference and prediction using electronic health records.

Experts who are involved in national research initiatives that use large health care databases will discuss methodological challenges encountered in this setting and share ideas for addressing them.

Questions? Please send them to SeattleSymposium@ghc.org.

Agenda and speakers

View final symposium agenda (PDF, 116KB).

View speaker bios(PDF, 1.7MB).

Short courses include:

  • Targeted learning for data adaptive causal inference in observational and randomized studies. Instructors: Mark van der Laan, PhD,  UC Berkeley, and Susan Gruber, PhD, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. View abstract (PDF, 65KB).
  • Practical approaches to health care analytics in the presence of big data: Case studies in Python and Apache Spark. Instructors: Debashis Ghosh, PhD, University of Colorado Denver, and Evan Carey, MS, Veteran Healthcare Administration and University of Colorado, Denver. View abstract (PDF, 62KB).

Who should attend?

  • Scientists who are actively conducting or interested in conducting research on methods for large observational health care databases, including biostatisticians, data scientists, epidemiologists, informaticists, and health services researchers.
  • Students, junior researchers, and those new to the field of health care data analytics are especially encouraged to attend! Students may register at a discounted rate (limited availability).

When & where

Short courses
Sunday, October 23, 2016: Targeted learning for data adaptive causal inference in observational and randomized studies, 8 a.m.–12 p.m.; Practical approaches to health care analytics in the presence of big data: Case studies in Python and Apache Spark, 1–5 p.m.

Pre-symposium reception
Sunday, October 23, 2016: 4–7 PM

Monday, October 24, 2016: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016: 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Olive 8 in downtown Seattle. See accommodation information below.


To register, please visit our online registration page. Space is limited—register today to reserve your spot!

Short courses: $250 each or $450 for both. Registration for the short courses is now open. Symposium registration is required in order to attend the short courses.

Symposium student registration: $150 (limited availability).

Symposium standard registration: $300.

Symposium registration fees include appetizers at the reception Sunday evening and lunch on Monday.

Cancellation policy

All cancellation requests need to be made in writing and sent to seattlesymposium@ghc.org.  Cancellations received on or before October 18, 2016, will be subject to a full refund. Cancellations made after October 18, 2016, will not be refunded.


Hyatt Olive 8 Seattle
1635 8th Avenue
Seattle, Washington, USA, 98101
Phone: 206-695-1234
E-mail: seattleolive8.hyatt@hyatt.com

  • A limited number of rooms have been reserved at discounted rate of $219 per night or $202 per night for government employees (government ID required at check-in).
  • You must book by Monday, October 3, 2016, to receive the discount. Space is limited.  Please reserve your spot as soon as possible using the Hyatt’s online reservation system, which has been customized for this event.
  • If you need help making your reservation, please call the Hyatt at 888-421-1442. (Be sure to mention that you are attending the Group Health Symposium.)

Transportation & parking

From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac):

  • Estimated taxi fare is $55 (one way) from airport to hotel.
  • Shuttle Express: The estimated fee is $18 (one way, shared shuttle service) and a reservation is required.
  • SoundTransit Link light rail from Sea-Tac to downtown Seattle: The fee is $3.00 and the train runs every 10–15 minutes. The closest stop to the Hyatt Olive 8 is Westlake Station (about a quarter mile walk from the station to the hotel).

The Hyatt Olive 8 offers easy valet parking at a rate of $51.28 per night (tax included). Guests have in-and-out privileges, so you can come and go as you please.

View map and driving directions on the hotel website.

Pre-symposium reception

After arriving in Seattle and before heading out for dinner Sunday evening, please join us on the 3rd floor of the Hyatt Olive 8 for light appetizers and a chance to meet and network with other conference attendees. A cash bar will be available.


The 2nd Seattle Symposium on Health Care Data Analytics is sponsored by the Biostatistics Unit at Group Health Research Institute (GHRI), the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington (UW), and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration. Your conference hosts are Andrea Cook, PhD, and Jennifer Nelson, PhD, of the GHRI Biostatistics Unit and Patrick Heagerty, PhD, Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington (UW). Session organizers are Susan Shortreed, PhD, of the GHRI Biostatistics Unit, Susan Gruber, PhD, faculty member in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and Sebastien Haneuse, PhD, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.



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explore Seattle


Our conference hotel is located in the heart of downtown Seattle. Check out VisitSeattle.org or the hotel’s activities page to find dining, shopping, and attractions to enjoy while visiting.

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  • Child Care Resources of King County offers referral services in six languages, including Spanish. By phone: 1-877-543-0059
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