Headshot for Lauren Johns, Senior AnalystFall is in full swing here at BHE and we have a lot of exciting projects going on. We’ve also decided to mix up our Employee Spotlight feature so that you can get to know our employees a little bit better. This month we’re highlighting one of our new Instant Health Data (IHD) team members and recent PhD grad, Lauren Johns.

1.  How long have you been at BHE and what is your role here?

I’m a senior analyst on the IHD analytics team. I started here about a month and a half ago, after finishing up my PhD in environmental epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. I was introduced to BHE through a data science fellowship I was completing in Boston last winter.

2.  What does a typical day look like for you?

My typical day is pretty exciting and involves working on a range of diverse projects. In general, I am usually involved in answering client questions about the implementation of their real world data analyses using our analytics tool. I also regularly assist in training clients on using IHD and I am involved in the various analytics components of consulting projects.

3.  What do you like most about your job?

Although my degree is specialized, my role isn’t and I can dip my toes in a lot different projects. These can range from coding data visualizations to creating training slide decks to writing up methodology for an analytics project. I also really like my coworkers. They are all very smart and energized to be here. It’s a very dynamic atmosphere and the work is constantly changing. I’m enjoying learning more about real world data analytics and the various methods necessary to implement large database studies. It’s a great space to be in right now as the technology is constantly changing.

4.  What do you think sets BHE apart from the other life sciences tech companies out there?

BHE’s size makes the company unique. It’s a smaller company and everyone is open to new ideas. Your perspective is valued and you can have an immediate impact on a project or the work environment.  The tech side is very dynamic and constantly changing which makes it very exciting.

5.  What advice do you have for someone looking for a similar role?

If you have a degree in a specialized subject area, there are still many skills that are transferable to tech and life sciences companies. Don’t stick with just what you know, but look outside your specialization because your perspective and skill set may prove valuable in a field otherwise dissimilar to your own. Don’t be afraid to take risks.

6.  Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

In my first year of undergrad at Columbia University, I played shooting guard on the varsity women’s basketball team.

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Patricia Penetar

Patty Penetar, MBA, is the Associate Marketing Director for BHE. She is a healthcare content strategist with extensive healthcare experience, keen marketing strategy insight, and content marketing expertise. Patty has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fordham University and earned her Masters in Business Administration from Boston University Questrom School of Business. She is currently serving as the Marketing & Communications Co-Chair for the New England Chapter of HIMSS.

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