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Rick Andrews

Rick Andrews

Office of the Actuary, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Rick Andrews has been a programmer/analyst for nearly twenty years and has worked in the healthcare industry since the turn of the century. He has experience in a variety of roles such as information systems specialist, health insurance specialist, senior data analyst, engineering analyst, systems designer, team leader, and mentor. He works in an array of computing environments such as mainframe, UNIX, and Windows® and his strongest technical skills are SAS® programming and the Structure Query Language (SQL).

Rick works in the Office of the Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and along with his wife Kim, is the organizer of the CMS SAS User Group. He has trained hundreds of users over the years and meets on a monthly basis to continuously train others, which helps to keep CMS economists, statisticians, actuaries and health specialists on the cutting edge of their fields.

And when his work by day is complete, Rick protects citizens from healthcare obscurity as...

 
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An insidious sickness is spreading in Datapolis

People are imperiled by the sinister villain, Frackture, who intends to bring the city to its knees through a nefarious plot. Knowing he cannot prevent the medicine from going out to the people requiring it, he chooses instead to make it impossible to find the people who need it. By stealing into the highly sophisticated worldwide network of societal information, he hides the citizens’ data, shatters it into indecipherable bits and scatters it into completely disparate locations throughout the vast labyrinth of databases. Finding and piecing together the information takes precious weeks and months, preventing access to medical care for those who need it most.

Critical healthcare information is disappearing across the land

The Datapolis Council of Elders is frantic. Realizing that critical information is disappearing, they call on a brilliant young man trained in actuarial induction, information management, dynamic scripting and processing, random population sampling, non-linear regression and predictive modeling. Dedicated to helping his fellow citizens, he commits himself to the task of creating an enterprise data warehouse, gathering together all the necessary data to speed healthcare out to the needy, and using in-database analytics to project the long-term impact.

Dr. Insight and The Center of Excellence immediately perceive they are witnessing the emergence of a new Analytic HRero. The young man is secretly recruited and, in a ceremony worthy of a noble knight, is sent forth as Illumino; the first to join the Heroes of Analytics.

Illumino v Frackture

Illumino's enterprise information management shines light on Datapolis

In response, Frackture steps up his attacks and fragments more and more valuable, life-saving data, burying it ever deeper within the system. The citizens of Datapolis gather around the Council of Elders and look on with anticipation as Illumino scours the immense information network. Using his mastery of enterprise information management, speed and agility, he organizes and analyzes billions of tiny pieces of seemingly unconnected and splintered information. With blazing speed, the names of the marginalized citizens of Datapolis appear on the displays around the Council of Elders. Cheers erupt and, with precision timing, medicine is dispatched, reaching the desperate victims not a moment too soon.

That evening as the sun sets on the proud city of Datapolis, families and friends gather around each other, talking excitedly about the events of the last few weeks. As they head for their homes, they will rest securely tonight knowing their loved ones are healed because of the amazing, life-changing work of Illumino, Dr. Insight and The Center of Excellence.

Superpowers

  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Prediction

Analytic Hero Since

April 2012

Motivation

To improve quality of life for all people in the world, using data analysis

Homebase

The Kimberly Ann, a blazingly fast, high-tech fishing boat

Arch Enemy

Frackture, the villainous embodiment of healthcare records that are scattered, hard to find and slow to access.

Achilles Heel

Illumino designs and builds massive shipas and innovative hybrid water vessels. At these times of leisure he is most vulnerable.

The Real Hero - Rick Andrews

Rick Andrews has been a programmer/analyst for nearly twenty years and has worked in the healthcare industry since the turn of the century. He has experience in a variety of roles such as information systems specialist, health insurance specialist, senior data analyst, engineering analyst, systems designer, team leader, and mentor. He works in an array of computing environments such as mainframe, UNIX, and Windows® and his strongest technical skills are SAS® programming and the Structure Query Language (SQL).

Rick works in the Office of the Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and along with his wife Kim, is the organizer of the CMS SAS User Group. He has trained hundreds of users over the years and meets on a monthly basis to continuously train others, which helps to keep CMS economists, statisticians, actuaries and health specialists on the cutting edge of their fields. His step-daughter, Sophia, has already learned DATA STEP terminology at seven years of age. Ethan, age two, just wants to go outside.

The opinions Rick shares are his own. He does not make endorsements on behalf of CMS or the Department of Health and Human Services concerning the use of products and services.

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