Live User Group Meeting

Virtual Health User Group: Spring 2021

April 29 • 12 p.m. ET • Cost: Complimentary

About the event

Have you missed going to user group meetings? We know virtual user group meetings won't be able to replace the feeling of being in-person, but we missed you so much we had to do something next best.

Hear from SAS users and what they've been working on. We will have presentations from George Danso and Nirosha Gunasekara from Alberta Health about their experience in Visual Analytics and share their data visualization best practices. As well, Dario Medina will be doing a book review on "The Analytics Lifecycle Toolkit" by Gregory Nelson.

Join us as we connect and learn from each other like old times.

Are You Ready: 

  • To hear what other SAS users are doing in Healthcare
  • To get to know other SAS users, and
  • To have some fun with us

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About the Experts

Dario Medina
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst for Wealth

Dario Medina is a Senior Business Intelligence Analyst for Wealth at TD Bank in Toronto. In his role he builds operational dashboards and scorecards for various business lines to support their strategic objectives. Dario has also held senior business intelligence and leadership roles at Scotiabank, Bell before coming to Canada from Peru, Praxair. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Software Engineering, a Masters of Software Engineering and an MBA from McMaster University.

George Danso
Senior Economist

George Kwasi Danso is a Senior Economist with the Ministry of Health. He has a PhD in Resource Economics from University of Alberta. Currently, George is leading some of the high priority projects for the Health Economics and Funding Branch with a focus on forecasting and predictive modelling. In addition, he has worked with diverse teams to implement Government of Alberta’s cross-ministry initiative on Information Sharing Strategy. Prior to joining the Ministry of Health, he was the team lead for diverse projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He has spent several years in the health care sector including serving as a Program Evaluator for Primary Health Care Network in Edmonton.

He has expertise in policy development, telling stories with data and modelling policy questions with various programming languages including SAS, SAS VIYA, Python, R and Matlab. He has published over 20 papers in multidisciplinary journals. When George is not working, he loves to play soccer, run and take his children skating in winter. 

Nirosha Gunasekara
Senior Analyst

Nirosha Gunasekara works with the Health Economics Team at Alberta Health as a Senior Analyst and provides analytics expertise, advice, and research support for policy decision-making. Her academic background is mainly biomedical; before joining Alberta Health, she was a cancer researcher at University of Alberta for more than 5 years and graduated with a Masters Degree in Medical Sciences.  Another area of her expertise includes biostatistics: in her current role at Alberta Health, she has been actively involved in statistical analysis, management, and visualization of health administrative data using SAS tools (SAS Classic, Enterprise Guide and Visual Analytics).  Throughout her career, she has been passionate about bringing teams together through collaborative practices and have been contributing to the SAS community as well, mostly providing coaching on SAS tools and analytics methods.