Data governance has traditionally been a fundamental requirement in healthcare. Today’s healthcare organizations continue to be under increasing pressure to establish a culture of exceptional data management, efficiently utilizing an ever increasing volume of information to support patient care.
Some healthcare facilities are running into unexpected roadblocks that are preventing them from achieving data governance success. Below, we highlight 5 of the most common obstacles and challenges:
1. Poor Data Quality
Overseeing data quality is likely the most important function of a data governance program. Inconsistent, erroneous or delayed data capture has a negative impact on organizational decision making. It can also lead to less confidence in the information provided. These scenarios require potential corrective measures down the road.
2. Resource Misallocation
Some organizations are realizing that the management of their data resources has become increasingly complex, and they have outgrown their existing data governance process. This shortcoming can result in a resource misallocation, or inefficient use of data to drive key decision making and quality patient care.
3. Ineffective Oversight
When initially formulating a data governance plan, using a broad framework is recommended to ensure building a solid foundation and efficient workflows. A common, early misstep is to apply too many policies or committees upfront, creating an ineffective process. This can lead to user confusion regarding policies, resulting in noncompliance issues.
4. Lack of Team Accountability
Some healthcare organizations wrestle with fragmented data governance teams. As such, there can be limited consistency and standardization across projects and/or teams, and a lack of accountability. This can lead to conflict between teams, when there is a lack of known ownership and responsibility.
5. Poor Data Literacy
Data governance committees can overestimate the data literacy of their users, who may not be fully aware of how to ensure data accuracy and completion, nor which data sets are available. Additionally, they may not understand how to utilize BI solutions to get the information available to them.
Overcoming the Roadblocks
At Syntrix, we help healthcare organizations across the country overcome the roadblocks that prevent them from establishing a successful data governance program. Our consultants will help you engage all key parties and promote the importance of data quality throughout your organization. Our solutions will help you maximize the value of your data.
To learn more, contact the Syntrix team today and schedule your complimentary consultation: