Where we come in
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.
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.
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.
What others say
With this many years in the Healthcare IT business, people talk about us...
I had the pleasure of recently writing an article “Accurate Master Patient/Person Indexes: Is There a Road Not Taken?” for the California Health Information Association (CHIA). CHIA has an ongoing series about how health information practice has changed, with past presidents providing their personal stories. Telling the story of how MPIs have evolved over the Read more about “Accurate Master Patient/Person Indexes: Is There a Road Not Taken?”[…]
Perhaps lost in the buzz of HIMSS was the new report Advancing Interoperability, Information Sharing, and Data Access: Improving Health and Healthcare for Americans from the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Health Leadership Council (HLC). It’s a short report that complements the HIMSS buzz around interoperability, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and consumer engagement. The report includes Read more about 4 Actions to Bring Banking-Like Interoperability to Healthcare[…]
The long-awaited United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Health Information Technology, Approaches and Challenges to Electronically Matching Patients’ Records across Providers, was released last week despite the government shutdown. The GAO interviewed 37 stakeholders including ONC, providers, AHRQ, and some organizations like Pew Charitable Trust and WEDI. Honestly, I was disappointed in the lack Read more about Matching Patient Records: The GAO Perspective[…]
It’s mid-January, 36o F, and nary a flake of snow is visible on my front yard. I remind myself this is not the typical winter we had anticipated in Montana. My husband grouses that he’s only used his new toy (snowplow) twice. I’ve made my customary resolutions for the new year, including to be more Read more about My 2019 Focus: 4 Key Patient Identification Activities[…]
My favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, with most of my favorite foods is almost here—pumpkin pie, turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more pumpkin pie. During this season I always take a step back and reflect on what I’m thankful for, particularly given the international and domestic happenings of 2019. My family. Life’s highs Read more about Thanksgiving–Let’s Be Grateful[…]
My recent AHIMA blog highlights some of the key recommendations from the Pew patient matching whitepaper released October 2 , as well as two additional suggestions for the action plan. Kudos to Pew for heightening and broadening the record matching conversation in healthcare (and beyond). It’s heartwarming to see some of the discussion from my 2016 Read more about Patient Record Matching Conversation Intensifies[…]
August was certainly anything but a quiet news month despite peak summer holidays. The forest fires in the West (where I live) and the heat in Europe (where I spent almost three weeks on holiday) proved to be major news, but there were plenty of healthcare topics getting attention, too — particularly the new RAND Read more about The Pew/RAND white paper: New approaches to patient matching[…]
Even as federal regulations and policies shift and healthcare leadership turns over in the Beltway, innovation is dominating healthcare conversations. I’m excited that we’re talking innovation as more than just a concept, but as a practice. Here’s a sampling of the recent innovation conversations: Office of National Coordinator (ONC) 2nd Interoperability Forum I am heartened Read more about Practicing Innovation: Collaborate, Democratize, & Organize[…]
Actually, my bags are never unpacked (given my travel schedule for the past three decades), but the pace is now a bit slower. I’m really looking forward to attending HIMSS18. Renewing friendships and striking up some great conversations will be high on my list, but I’ll focus my time on these areas: Innovation. I frequently Read more about All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .to HIMSS18[…]
2017 proved to be a banner year for patient identification and matching experimentation and discovery. While not all initiatives end in success, 2017 certainly proved the classic saying: nothing ventured, nothing gained. Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge (PMAC). The Challenge ran from April 2017 through mid-October, attracting considerable interest from Read more about 2017’s Patient Identification and Patient Matching Lessons[…]