Responsible for a system or type of data within an organization, data stewards are experts on the data type or system they manage. On top of that, they are responsible for providing appropriate access levels to and maintenance of the quality and longevity of the data within the systems they oversee.

Even in the best-case scenario, data stewards wear a lot of hats.

With one person having multiple roles, effectively leveraging the resources of your organization to effect meaningful change and consistent compliance requires an effective data stewardship plan.

Here are three areas for hospital and health system leaders to think about when creating a culture of information governance within their organizations: