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How to Know if Your Healthcare Data Governance is Working

By Ron Stephenson on February 23, 2016

Healthcare Data Governance

how-to-know-if-your-healthcare-data-governance-is-working.jpgThe most important function of a healthcare data governance program is to provide the infrastructure to support and protect the organization’s data assets. The overall objective is to establish a strategic vision to ensure access to high quality data and analytics.

If you’re questioning whether your healthcare data governance process requires improvement, check out these 4 warning signs:

1. Low quality data

A weak data governance program allows inaccurate and incomplete information to flow through the system. This low quality data is not actionable intelligence that clinicians and other team members can utilize to make informed decisions. Often, this problem can be traced back to inadequate policy or oversight, lack of training and feedback to users, or a deficiency in data standards.

2. Lack of access

While security concerns must always be a priority, if healthcare data governance shifts toward too much security, it can prevent team members from accessing the data they need. While this can be a challenging problem, it often is resolved by having the information security and data governance teams work collaboratively to implement a joint solution.

3. Inadequate framework or foundation

There are key strategic and analytical objectives to include when formulating a data governance framework. If these core tenets are not addressed, or are overlooked, it can lead to a weak foundation to build on. When the guiding principles of a data governance plan are inconsistent with the organizational goals, or do not provide the resources and accountability to execute the vision, it creates disarray and confusion.

4. Poor decision making

Data governance standards can support organizational decision making with reliable data. Weak healthcare governance impedes decision making on several levels. For example, decisions can take significantly longer to make due to a lack of data, trust, or access. Relying on inaccurate data can result in poor decision making, requiring rework to rectify the situation.

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At Syntrix, we help healthcare organizations implement and optimize robust healthcare data governance programs. Our process will help you engage all key parties and stakeholders, while promoting the importance of data quality throughout the organization. Simply put, we help our clients maximize the value of their data!

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