We caught up with CDO Hub member Nirali Patel (who we were thrilled to see recognised in the Data IQ 100 most influential people in data list), on her data journey and the passion that drives her.
Chief Data Officer
AXA PPP Healthcare
Since 2014 . 5 years and counting.
I fell into data! It was when I started to work for a consultancy service, that I found I had a knack for data – probably from my IT related degree and linking IT to business problems. I never grew up thinking data, I didn’t even know what it was really.
Since then I have a developed a passion for health, and how data can help improve our health ecosystem.
I am most proud of bringing business and IT to work together to achieve the same outcomes through better use of data and insight.
On a tangible note getting an NHS organisation to use predictive models to reduced burden on the health ecosystem, such as creating a service to meet population needs and move from being reactive to proactive.
Hearing non-data people having light bulb moments on what data and insight can do for them, and seeing them embrace this, is more recent achievement.
Picking one thing!
I like to look at challenges in terms of what have I learnt when things haven’t turned out as expected or planned. Over the years I have learnt to be careful not to assume that everyone has the same level of understanding around data and the data strategy, and that it’s important to repeat and create a story that each persona can relate to and engage with. Something that is meaningful, and has clear value outcomes.
Be humble, it is ok to not know everything, as it gives you the opportunity to learn.
There are days where I wonder whether being a mother of two young boys is harder or leading the way in which we have a relationship with data.
If you would like to hear more from Nirali, she was a guest on Hub & Spoken, where she shares the value of having an agile data strategy.