While flipping through the “Show Daily” on the shuttle from the convention center late this afternoon, I read a piece by HIMSS President and CEO Hal Wolf that called for healthcare “champions to solve our global challenges.” While an obvious tie into this year’s HIMSS theme: Champions of Health Unite, it’s uncanny how nice of a tie it is to the activity that’s been happening at MediQuant over the past two days.
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.
It happens more often than you might think. A migration project is completed. Clinical legacy data is securely available in a new location. People begin to access the data for use, and bam, something doesn’t look right. Workflows are immediately interrupted, questions ensue, and relationship tensions heighten between users and IT.
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?