Everyday there are 2.5 quintillion (yes, that number has 18 zeroes in it!) bytes of data created. More than 90% of all the data that exists in the world was created in the last two years. And, the pace of data creation only continues to accelerate. As good Data Stewards, we must take ownership of the data we create to harness it to solve problems and make systems more efficient.
It starts simple enough: Your organization meticulously matches platform capabilities to your organization’s needs and decides on a new EMR. You set the project schedule, took the system live and even optimized it to maximize user efficiency. Everything is perfect…okay, as perfect as any large system implementation can go…But, then, it happens. You remember that throughout all the planning, capability matching and optimizing, you forgot to think about your legacy data.
With the vast amount of data your organization produces daily, properly caring for this data is critical when implementing information-based care. Data Stewardship is a sub domain, a discipline if you will, within information governance that is predicated on ensuring the accessibility of data assets. In short, successful Data Stewardship will prevent your organization from being data-rich, but information-poor.
Tens of billions have been spent on new EMR and Pop Health software in the last two years. Billions more will be spent in the years ahead. Tens of millions in fines have been levied for PHI breaches. Millions more will be levied in the years ahead. Billions more have been spent on maintaining legacy systems. What’s at the center of it all? Data. How do providers, collect it, protect it, archive it and make it useful for providing care?