Health Check-Up: Top 3 Ways to Ensure Data Quality in Your Healthcare Organization

With healthcare organizations managing large amounts of critical information these days, it seems like it’s not just patients that require close care and attention. Data quality issues can arise with the massive influx of data inputted on a daily basis, and close attention needs to be paid.

The issue doesn’t just affect healthcare; it impacts business across all sectors. According to The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), one information services company lost over $500,000 annually due to its recall of several reports with inaccurate data sent to subscribers, consequently alienating customers.

There are tools are available now to manage these issues. Healthcare organizations large and small can benefit from the variety of applications that better manage both their administrative and business needs.   Simply put, inaccurate data, poor documentation, and insufficient information can result in errors. In fact, bad data can inhibit health information exchange and limit the progress in the healthcare field – consequently limiting performance improvement and quality measurement initiatives.

So, what should be the main focus in the healthcare field when it comes to data quality? Quality, of course! There is a standard of data quality required when it comes to clinical trials and research that helps identify various causes and reasons for disease – which, ultimately lead to finding cures. Because of the possibility of multiple sources of information, the integrity of the data really hinges on the information entered by all parties involved in the creation of the data. With that in mind, here are some tips for establishing a sound workflow within your organization:

  • Outline and enforce access permissions to data
  • Clearly communicate the data dictionary (that is standard with each data element) for all people accessing the record
  • Ensure consistency by using a standardized format in recording information

Take care of your data, and it will take care of your organization’s ultimate mission and goals. For more information on managing data quality within your healthcare organization, contact Data Ladder today.

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