Chris Swenson

A data scientist with experience in healthcare analytics, working with insurers, clinicians, researchers, marketers, and business intelligence vendors. Experienced with all aspects of data processing and analysis, including specification gathering and documentation.

Sections: Professional Experience | Education | Professional Development | Publications

Professional Experience

Promega, Madison, WI

Data Scientist 2 (Mar 2021 to present)

Advanced, full stack analytics at Promega, a biotechnology and molecular biology manufacturer.

SSM Health, Madison, WI

Data Scientist (Sep 2020 to Feb 2021)

Provided full stack analytics expertise for COVID-19 projects, including data processing, statistical analysis, and reporting beginning March 2020.
  • Established COVID-19 risk models to assist with identifying at-risk patients for targeted treatments
  • Developed COVID-19 admissions predictive models using SIR-based models to inform leadership response
  • Spearheaded usage of Power BI with COVID-19 reports, including modeled and actual data

SSM Health, Madison, WI

Senior Healthcare Analyst (Sep 2017 to Sep 2020)

Developed statistical analyses to demonstrate effectiveness, describe disparities, and identify rising-risk patients.
  • Demonstrated a statistically significant weight loss for surgical participants in the weight management program
  • Identified several areas of equity concerns using logistic regression models
  • Negotiated standardized statistical analyses between SSM Health and Dean Health Plan

Great Wolf Resorts, Madison, WI

Data Analyst Consultant (Jul 2017 to Sep 2017)

  • Integrated and analyzed $13 million of credit card transactions with reservations

Health Data & Management Solutions, Chicago, IL

Senior Lead Informatics Analyst (Jun 2014 to Jun 2017)

Managed several products in a business intelligence platform.
  • Increased client satisfaction by developing insightful, dynamic analytical reports
  • Reduced costs for clients by identifying low-value services
  • Improved processing time and simplified data transformation process for large, external medical claims data sets
  • Restored the credibility of a product by training employees on correct usage and interpretation

Healthgrades, Madison, WI

Data Scientist (May 2012 to Jun 2014)

Analyzed data for a variety of products, providing results to leadership, sales team, and clients.
  • Substantially increased credibility of ROI methodology by improving assumptions
  • Improved client relations by increasing the accuracy of the market configuration tool
  • Enhanced sales process by providing sales team with competitive analyses and projected ROIs
  • Drove decision-making with automated reports and adhoc analyses

UW Health, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI

Programmer Analyst (Jul 2011 to May 2012)

Provided subject-matter expertise on electronic health record.
  • Reduced the complexity of a research data model by focusing on patients and automating processing
  • Strengthened research results by increasing the accuracy of patient medical home assignment
  • Propelled research on complex medical topics by providing accurate, timely data sets to researchers

UW Health, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Middleton, WI

Clinical Data Analyst (Jul 2010 to Jul 2011)

Analyzed medical record data for quality measurement purposes.
  • Improved the accuracy of pay-for-performance reporting through automation
  • Salvaged historical quality measure data for data warehousing and reporting
  • Increased communication among analysts by establishing a user group

Dean Health Plan, Madison, WI

Health Care Analyst II (Sep 2008 to Jul 2010)

Provided analytical insight on medical claims data. Managed HEDIS data project.
  • Strengthened physician relations by identifying patient panels with greater accuracy
  • Reinforced patient care by identifying patients with various diseases for care management
  • Maintained product lines by successfully completing HEDIS project

Renaissance Learning, Madison, WI

Researcher (Sep 2005 to Jul 2008)

Conducted research on product use and student achievement.
  • Retained a major client by exhibiting student success with products
  • Demonstrated product impact on student achievement with statistical analyses
  • Connected educators to research by communicating research outcomes in writing and presentations


  • Master of Applied Statistics (2020, expected completion in 2024)
  • B.S. Psychology and Music, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2005)
  • Relevant Coursework: Statistics, Research Methods, Applied Calculus, Independent Research, Senior Honors Thesis

Professional Development

  • Python for Machine Learning, Enthought (Oct 2020)
  • Calculus III, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)
  • Certification in Machine Learning, Stanford University (2013)
  • Epic Electronic Health Record: EpicCare Ambulatory, Resolute Professional Billing (2010)
  • America's Health Insurance Plans: Health Insurance, Operations, Managed Care (2009 to 2010)
  • Tutor specializing in statistics, mathematics, and software (2004 to Present)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (2000 to 2004)


  • An Advanced, Multi-Featured Macro Program for Reviewing Logs (2012)
  • Standardized Macro Programs for Macro Variable Manipulation (2012)