On Friday last week, the online news publication HealthITAnalytics.com published a feature story about the importance of data governance, “The Role of Healthcare Data Governance in Big Data Analytics.” The author, Jennifer Bresnick, does an excellent job of explaining what data governance is, how it differs from information governance, and why healthcare IT professionals need to take a closer look at how data is managed at their organizations. Without strong data governance in place, she writes, “organizations will not be able to move beyond the basics of record keeping and develop the analytics competencies that will become vital survival skills in the emerging world of value-based care.”
At Health Language, we have long known the importance of data governance and have been helping forward-thinking organizations improve and streamline in this area. Now, it appears, data governance is no longer in the proverbial “early adopter” stage and is becoming mainstream.
The article asks, “How can healthcare organizations begin to develop a meaningful data governance strategy?” The first step, says the author, is to recognize the need for data governance at the highest level. “Healthcare organizations that commit to making governance a top priority on every rung of the corporate ladder are more likely to see success.” Additionally, the article suggests that “organizations conduct an information governance gap analysis to identify pain points in the data creation, storage, analysis, and reporting process.”
At Health Language, we have a consulting and professional services division that performs these organization-wide analyses. We often discover that multiple people in different departments throughout an organization are collecting the same data, although storing and managing it differently. This is not only inefficient and wasteful of precious resources, but contributes to inaccurate analytics and reporting.
I encourage you to read the HealthITAnalytics.com article here and tell us what you think in the comments section below.