Healthcare data governance: components, benefits & strategy building
January 4, 2024
Scheme title: Data lifecycle by AHIMA
Data source: ahima.org — Healthcare Data Governance, 2022
of US patients are concerned about the safety of their information
The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2020
the cost of an average data breach in healthcare
of health data will be produced in 2025
Data governance components
Healthcare organizations handle loads of health information and other data daily through many stages of its lifecycle. The best way to eliminate chaos in data management is a solid data governance strategy. However, a good strategy is challenging to build because it requires a synergy of three components, all of which concern people, processes, and technology.
The first frontier enabling the generation, exchange, and use of quality data are technical components that include:
- Adherence of the hospital software infrastructure to open, interoperable, and pragmatic global standards of storing and transferring healthcare data
- Implementation of modern data security and privacy-enhancing technologies
- Constantly updated tools for data visualization and sharing
- Correctly written and shared metadata that complies with global standards
Data source: cdn.who.int — Health data governance summit
Software for data governance
Data governance is not an abstract concept but only exists as long as there are assets to govern, which come from various sources, including the most common healthcare software. If you use one or more health IT systems, your data governance strategy should cover them.
Crafting a successful data governance strategy and enacting it in everyday operations requires collaboration between parties handling data, decision-makers, and solutions’ vendors. It also often involves changes in the organization's processes, software, and hardware infrastructure. Itransition’s experts with comprehensive industry experience can help healthcare providers at each stage of this complex process.
Our specialists will facilitate secure and compliant data migration for your healthcare organization within the established data governance framework.
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Benefits of healthcare data governance
Health data stands out from other data types in many ways, but the most important one is that its quality, security, and accessibility to clinicians largely determine patient outcomes. Ensuring data quality is often the ultimate goal of an organization’s data governance program because it leads to a number of advantages.
1 Better clinical & business decisions
Even the most innovative healthcare BI solutions won’t show a realistic picture that decision-makers can rely on while developing patient care plans or business strategies unless it is based on quality data sets. There are multiple solutions that structure and format data from the point of entry but they still need to be tuned and overseen by professionals. To avoid the additional structuring and verification and use data right away, healthcare companies should combine employee effort and reliable software.
2 Enhanced interoperability across departments
One of the major problems in the healthcare industry is data silos. Data standardization, an integral part of the data governance framework, can solve this problem. That’s why the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has set the requirements for structured health information used for care workflows within and between institutions. It implies a set of rules on how to collect data and from what sources, which makes it suitable for sharing between departments and healthcare organizations. The improved interoperability in healthcare contributes to better patient experiences and clinicians’ higher job satisfaction.
3 Data protection
4 Improved regulatory compliance
Common data governance challenges in healthcare
Implementing a data governance strategy comes with certain obstacles along the way. Most healthcare companies have experienced similar difficulties during the process, so it’s best to explore them and find the solution beforehand.
Resistance to change
Changing habits is hard for an individual, let alone an entire organization. Clinicians that don’t see how new workflows can optimize processes and patients’ health outcomes might refuse to follow new guidelines or become dissatisfied with their job.
Miscommunication across departments
Clinicians, accountants, sales personnel, procurement specialists, IT experts, and business development professionals work separately and don’t always understand each other’s needs.
The complexity of healthcare data
The amount of unstructured healthcare data becomes harder to organize and govern because of the growing number of sources: clinical notes, electronic health records, test results and medical images, data from medical devices, and mobile health apps.
Suppose your healthcare company collects large volumes of patient data to process in short periods of time. In that case, adopting tools and strategies developed specifically for big data governance and management is a viable solution.
People at the forefront of data governance implementation are your top-tier specialists, who are usually very busy.
Boost your healthcare business with good data hygiene
An effective data governance strategy in your company can be compared to washing hands during the pandemic. With no immediately visible effect, sticking to strictly defined data management workflows could eventually become crucial for the well-being of the entire organization. However, building and implementing a suitable and effective data governance strategy is tricky for people without experience in such a field. In such cases, our experts can provide all services necessary to achieve the desired results.
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