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DATA SANITY: A Quantum Leap to Unprecedented Results

What they’re saying about Davis…

"I was fortunate to select your presentation at the patient safety academy today and was delighted!  Informative and insightful you were able to put data analysis into a wonderful perspective.
Thank You for probably the smartest, funniest and most useful program on QI that I have ever attended. When you think about special vs common cause it just makes good “common” sense.
Thank you for the program today - it was a refreshing and energizing alternate approach to our current morass of indicators, benchmarking and flashing colored lights to please the board...Your presentation of the Provider level C-Section data gave me a double take."

"Thank you so much for your presentation today.  I really learned a lot and I'm excited to take it back and apply it to my organization."

"Thank you so much for the conference today,  great information that I can put to use right away.  Enjoyed it very much."

"Wonderful presentation today; I feel less intimidated working with stats than I did prior to attending."


Davis Balestracci began his career as an internal industrial statistical consultant, most significantly with 3M, where he received several corporate awards for his innovative teaching and applications of statistical methods.  After being exposed to W. Edwards Deming’s philosophy in 1983, his interests evolved to a broader application of statistics and cultural psychology to organizational “transformation.” Since 1992, his primary involvement has been with health care.

Davis has a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, an M.S. degree in statistics, yet describes himself as a “right-brained” statistician. He is a pipe organist and has also done graduate work in orchestral and choral conducting.

He is well known for his provocative, challenging, yet humorous and down-to-earth public speaking style. He is a regular speaker at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement forums in the U.S. and Europe.  More than one “math phobe” has confessed, “Wow…this actually makes sense. I FINALLY get it!”  In addition, people also appreciate his acute awareness of the daily realities of implementing statistical approaches to quality and cultural transformation – including the inherent frustrations of dealing with “those darn humans!

In 1995, at the invitation of Dr. Donald Berwick, Davis participated in a project sponsored by the Harvard Institute for International Development. He was part of team that taught health care improvement methods to 80 participants from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Morocco, and Jordan.

In 2001, he became an independent consultant, with his company name of Harmony Consulting, LLC, reflecting not only his love of music, but his unique synthesis of left-brain (analytical) and right-brain (psychological) approaches to quality, as well as “the passion of Beethoven composing symphonies” with which he approaches his work.

He has consulted and given seminars domestically in 35 states as well as internationally in Israel, Palestine, Vietnam, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand, and Australia. Since 2003, he has developed a special relationship with the national health services of England and Wales.

Davis is a senior member of the American Society for Quality (2003-2004 Chair of its Statistics Division). For five years he was the monthly statistical columnist for Quality Digest and continues to contribute to their daily e-version. He has recently prepared a 3rd edition of his book, Data Sanity: A Quantum Leap to Unprecedented Results, published by the Medical Group Management Association (January 2009) — what he describes as a true labor of love.

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