Taylor Fry

 

Anna Cohen

Director

About Anna

Anna brings her expertise to Taylor Fry as a leader and manager of data analytics and reporting in the health sector, joining us in 2018. She specialises in leading complex quantitative analysis and linkage, and has assisted government organisations support evidence-based decision making by developing their business intelligence, reporting and analytics functions.

Anna enjoys collaborating with health agencies to make the most of their health service data, and drive service improvement, funding, planning and policy.

Her goal is to promote and enable data-driven decision making towards better health service customer experiences.

Experience

Anna has worked in health analytics and modelling for more than 10 years.

From 2014 to 2018, she led an internal analytics team at the Cancer Institute NSW. Prior to this, she was a health actuarial consultant at PwC.

Anna also lectured in maths at the University of Sydney, while completing her PhD in mathematical modelling of cardiovascular disease.

Health Analytics

  • Service usage pathways in cancer screening – Anna has directed several linked data service evaluation and research projects. These involved data from BreastScreen NSW, the Cervical Screening Register, Medicare and the Admitted Patient Data Collection to understand cancer screening patterns. Her work informed mass media campaign design, direct marketing activities and service improvements to encourage women to keep screening.
  • Activity forecasting – Anna led the development of several supply-and-demand modelling tools to forecast cancer screening activity. This helped service managers better allocate their resources and identify staffing needs to meet activity targets. It also enabled financial managers to build business cases for more resources.

Health Service Performance, Safety and Quality

  • Performance, safety and quality monitoring – To help improve participation and service quality, Anna led the transformation and automation of BreastScreen NSW’s performance monitoring, forecasting and target setting. This included developing data visualisation tools aimed at engaging management and clinicians in performance and self-monitoring of quality indicators.
  • Long-term outcome evaluations – Anna led a project to measure the treatment pathways and outcomes for women who received breast cancer screening, compared to those who did not. Her team measured variation across screened versus non-screened women, geographic areas, age, socio-economic background and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status.

Activity Based Funding

Anna has been involved in several projects in Activity Based Funding, using linked administrative health data sets to determine funding allocation, classification system testing and costing. This included designing studies and business rules for analysis of data such as Admitted Patient, Emergency Department, Non-Admitted Patients and Medicare.

CONTACT Anna

Anna.Cohen@taylorfry.com.au

(02) 9249 2985 | Sydney

 

Areas of expertise

  • Health analytics
  • Health service performance, safety and quality
  • Activity Based Funding

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics, University of Sydney (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sydney (2006)