HiQ Analytics


Passion. Experience. Diligence.



Women's Business Enterprise

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HiQ Analytics is led by Suzi Birz and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois serving clients across the United States. 

Prior to opening HiQ Analytics, Suzi gained skills and knowledge through positions with increasing responsibility and scope, from an information services analyst through Chief Information Officer.  These positions have provided her an opportunity to work in clinical and administrative, department-specific and hospital-wide, research, compliance, and strategy.  Suzi worked at The Joint Commission where her position in Information Services help lead the development of the quality monitoring initiatives. Suzi is also certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by Cook County Government.

Suzi’s consulting has afforded her the opportunity to work with some of the finest leaders in healthcare today, working on exciting projects which advance care delivery and research.


  • B.S. Computer Science, Indiana University

  • M.Sc. Medical Informatics, Northwestern University

  • Fellowship, N-HANES, UCLA

  • Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate


Select Presentations

  • Guest lecture: University of Chicago, Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics (MSBI 31500) – “Ethics and Policy Questions. Genomics, Health Care, and Big Data.” October, 2016; April, 2017; October, 2017; April, 2018; October, 2018; January 2019; April 2019

  • Guest lecture: Northwestern University, Master's in Regulatory Compliance (CLIN RES 401) – “Research Misconduct Including Data Management and Mentorship.” November, 2011; May, 2012

  • The Role of Professional Healthcare Interpreters and Effective Communication with Patients with Limited English Proficiency. Webinar – Nebraska Hospital Association. January, 2010

  • Select an EMR and Access Stimulus Funding: Lots to do in little time. First Illinois Chapter HFMA Physicians & Medical Groups Program. January, 2010

  • Association of Academic Medical Colleges - Compliance Officers’ Forum, Professional Development Conference, Workshop: E-mail Policies: Approaches, Solutions, Challenges, May, 2007

  • American Association of Medical Assistants and Illinois Society of Medical Assistants, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, November, 2002

  • Scottsdale Institute, Audio Conference: HIPAA , Privacy, and Clinical Research, October, 2002

  • Is the Computer a Threat to Confidentiality of Psychiatric Records, Eleventh Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, 299‑305, November, 1987 (published, Birz, S.S., and Anderson, J.S., "Is the Computer a Threat to Confidentiality of Psychiatric Records", Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, 299‑305)

  • Computerized Psychiatric Outpatient Files: Design and Implementation Issues, Ninth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, 362‑ 366, November, 1985 (published, Birz, S., "Computerized Psychiatric Outpatient Files: Design and Implementation Issues", Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, 362‑ 366


  • American Health Information Management Association

  • American Medical Informatics Association

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology – Affiliated Health Professional

  • Health Care Compliance Association

  • Health Information and Management Systems Society – Fellow

  • Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange

  • Past Member of NurseZone.com Advisory Board

  • Past Board Member of the Illinois Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

  • Past Member of the Information Systems Committee of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Meet Suzi

  • Suzi Birz, MScMI, FHIMSS
    Principal of HiQ Analytics, LLC

  • Life-long Chicagoan with an enthusiasm for the city, its culture, and its sports teams.

  • When not working, Suzi enjoys spending time with family and friends, cross-training at the gym, attending live theater, spending time on Chicago’s amazing lakefront.



"I have worked with Suzi for more than 30 years.  Her level of engagement and health care knowledge is outstanding.  In addition she brings the highest level of integrity and thoroughness to her work.  I bring my highest level of endorsement to her work.

Donna M. Roach, CHCIO, FHIMSS
Chief Information Officer