Data Governance for Health Information Exchange


From EMRs to patient portals to mobile healthcare, today’s healthcare organizations are drowning in a deepening sea of patient data-information that is increasingly exchanged across disparate organizations as the healthcare system continues to move toward a collaborative model of care.

As a result, data integrity is more crucial than ever. The only way to ensure short and long-term data integrity and compliant information exchange is to have in place at the outset a solid data governance policy and process. This is particularly true for any organization that is contemplating participation in an ACO or HIO.

Comprehensive governance policies will ensure that – regardless of volume and originating source – accurate, duplicate-free data are collected, maintained and managed in compliance with HIPAA and state privacy regulations. In the case of collaborative entities, governance policies also ensure that no single stakeholder receives preferential treatment and puts to rest any concerns competitors may have about how their patient information is utilized and treated by other stakeholders.

This webinar will examine the growing importance of data governance policies in today’s healthcare environment, as well as:
• Considerations when crafting data governance policies
• Assessing where data governance is needed
• Determining what disciplines should be involved in policy development
• Implementation and enforcement of the policies

Finally, this webinar will examine why data governance is not only an IT issue; why it must involve input from multiple stakeholders and multi-functional planning committees/workgroups.

This webinar is not approved for credit.

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About the Speaker
With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Ms. Just brings a wealth of expertise in the areas of healthcare operations, data governance, and stewardship including data migration, electronic interfaces, data definition and mapping, and software and workflow design. She brings a unique blend of HIM experience and technical expertise in the area of database and software design and management and is well known in the HIM technical arena. She has completed hundreds of consulting engagements including MPI clean ups, Patient Access assessments, MPI assessments, HIM operational reviews and EMPI needs assessments and RFP development as well as software development, testing and implementation projects for healthcare organizations, multi-facility IDNs and RHIOs.

Ms. Just has served in several officer, board and chair positions for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Colorado Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) including contributing to the “HIM Principles in HIE” and “Patient Identity in RHOs” workgroups. She was appointed Co-Chair for AHIMA’s Health Information Exchange Practice Council for 2008 and has served as president of the Colorado HIMA. Beth has also been a featured speaker at numerous State and National professional meetings including AHIMA, HIMSS and TEPR as well as software vendors’ user group conferences (Cerner, Microsoft, IDX).

Beth has authored and has been quoted in articles published in The Journal of AHIMA, For the Record, Healthcare IT News and Modern Healthcare. She was the lead author on AHIMA’s Practice Brief: HIM Principles in Health Information Exchange. Beth was recognized as the Colorado Health Information Management Association’s “Distinguished Member. ” She earned her Bachelor of Arts at College of Saint Scholastica and her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Colorado.

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*The audio portion of the webinar is available through your computer’s speakers or a phone line. A phone number and passcode will be provided at the beginning of the webinar.

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