If your provider identities are “just a little wrong,” is that okay? I recently discussed managing provider identities with For the Record, highlighting an issue that does not get the attention it deserves. But provider identities can’t be ignored – they have a profound impact on value-based reimbursement, compliance, and analytics. And as Stephanie Luthi-Terry[…]
Given the current state of healthcare policy, finance, industry mergers/dissolutions, and much more, you might think this would be a good time for a long, quiet pause – but we all know that’s not practical. Instead, let’s consider another approach, borrowing from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” I particularly like these lines, as I[…]
HIMSS17 promises to be another mega HIT show for the diverse healthcare ecosystem, and it will be easier than ever to get lost in the maze of educational sessions, keynotes, exhibit booths, and social functions. But, make sure you register TODAY and find your way to the IMT reception on Tuesday evening. The topic, “To[…]
Disruption can be positive, whether it’s carefully planned or accidental. I was recently in Japan at the IFHIMA 18th Congress giving an information governance presentation. I used the term “disruption,” drawing questions from the multinational crowd – the term can be perceived as negative in many societies and cultures. I assured my moderator that while[…]
Wow, everyone really brought their best to the webcast, Healthcare Demands Better Patient Identification. My fellow presenters and the attentive participants added so much to the topic. It’s a good thing we allowed for fifteen minutes of questions at the end, as they kept rolling in. Michelle Majerus, Director of HIM and Privacy Officer at[…]
I’ve worked in the governance and patient identification areas for 20+ years. Sadly, until the past couple years, I’ve seen limited changes in patient identification, even as technology has made it easier. I think the stagnation stems from: The belief that a national healthcare identifier will “solve” patient identification challenges The policy and standards focus[…]
During my “Patient Identity Imperative” webcast with Verato on July 27, I discussed how the industry is slowly lurching better data governance to manage patient identities. With several drivers at play and differing government metrics and standards, the path to governance is sometimes slow and uneven. But when it comes to improving patient identity data[…]
I suspect the patient identification challenges are about as close to being solved as interoperability . . . perhaps in my lifetime. I say this not to be a curmudgeon, but to be pragmatic, as there is no silver bullet. For decades we’ve been talking about better patient identification practices and technology, with the latest[…]
Recently I wrote a blogpost for AHIMA about why it’s time to measure the quality of patient identification data in a delivery system, and take steps to improve it. Some of today’s healthcare transformation activities are moving forward using suspect, untrustworthy patient identification data. Whether analytics, consumer engagement, or the shift to value-based payments, using[…]
It’s Time! Many of you know that I’ve long said the next chapter in my professional journey would be opening a small consultancy dedicated to helping organizations and people on their journey to building trusted, interoperable data. Well, the day has arrived and I’ve said adieu and thanks to IBM. Today, I’m starting the next[…]
Where we come in
Trusted, governed data is required by a modern, agile healthcare ecosystem that uses the big data it generates to engage consumers to achieve wellness, and deliver higher quality care. Simply stated, without trust in the data that is being used for care delivery, payments, analytics and research, organizations may be spending millions of dollars in activities that will be suspect if they are build on poor data quality
Establishing trust in person data and creating the holistic, 360 degree view of this data, is foundational to activities undertaken by care delivery and wellness organizations, payers and health plans, and public entities such as health and human services. Provider level data, whether individual or organizational, is particularly important in today’s quality measurement and value-based payment plans.
Governance is essential to building this trust, as data users must be able to trust the lineage of data, understand how quality has been established or enhanced, and integration strategies have been applied to the vast amounts of data being produced. Organizations must continually assess whether data is “fit for purpose” and apply governance and stewardship to ensure the data provides the insight to meet strategic and operational needs.
Gaining Insight from Data
Today organizations are striving to understand and execute on the belief that data is a valuable, strategic asset . To be valuable, data must be accurate and accurate data leads to in-sights that will help an organization deliver high quality services while controlling costs and engaging the consumer.
Master Data Management (MDM), whether person,,, member, provider or location oriented, is where organizations start to build trusted data to meet enterprise goals…
Enterprise Master Person or Provider Index (EMPI)
EMPIs have existed in healthcare for more than two decades providing a single view of person or provider data for care delivery or financial purposes.
Data Stewardship and Remediation
Applying stewardship or remediation activities to data ambiguity challenges is frequently one of the priority steps in building high quality, trusted data….
Information Governance Consulting
Building a governance strategy to ensure trusted data can vary considerably based upon the corporate maturity and control, and the organization’s desire to govern data at an en-terprise level…
Frequent contributor to blog sites including IBM Big Data Hub and IBM Healthcare Insights, as well as other sites and peer-reviewed publications.
Presented at HIMSS, HIMSS Asia Pacific, AHIMA, CHIA, state HIM associations, other industry and technology conferences.
Global Expertise and Experience
Has worked with over 20 provinces, regions, and countries in North America, Asia, and Australia in developing strategy for establishing high quality data.
Innovator in leading multiple organizational departments including HIM, case management, trauma and cancer registry, risk management.