The Massachusetts Data Analysis Center (Mass-DAC), a data-coordination center established in 2002 in response to a state mandate, provides expert evaluation of cardiac surgery and angioplasty data in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mass-DAC collects and validates patient-specific clinical data from all Massachusetts hospitals that provide cardiac surgery or percutaneous coronary interventions. This data is used to monitor the quality of cardiac care delivered in the Commonwealth to improve the level of care provided.
Mass-DAC is under the direction of Sharon-Lise Normand, PhD, professor of health care policy (biostatistics) in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Normand has been a contributing member in several prominent medical committees including,
- Committee on Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
- Committee on a National Surveillance System for Cardiovascular and Select Chronic Diseases
In 2012, Dr. Normand received the Distinguished Scientist award from the American Heart Association due to her national and international leadership in the development of innovative statistical methods for health services and outcomes research. John Rumsfeld MD, PhD, chair of the Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research, said,
“Normand has demonstrated leadership in her field, and the impact of her work has been far-reaching. Her unique combination of high-level scholarship, creativity and remarkable interpersonal skills has led her work to change the way investigators approach their own research. Without question, she is considered one of the preeminent biostatisticians in the country and is certainly among the most influential individuals in health services and outcomes research.”