to Maximizing Data
By Stephanie Crabb, MA, and Leah Fullem, MHCDS
VALUE-BASED HEALTHCARE IS changing how things work
for everyone. The front end of this change—the way that clinicians, patients, and caregivers participate in healthcare—
is anchored by the electronic health record (EHR) and the
increasingly robust constellation of specialty and supporting
applications, connected devices, and platforms. On the back
end, revenue and financial models—the business of healthcare—are being redesigned to align with improved outcomes
and efficiency. And at the center of this transformation lie
data and information.
Healthcare organizations like the University of Vermont
Health Network (UVMHN) are increasingly turning to formalized data governance (DG) and enterprise information
management (EIM) to ensure that their data and information
assets are at the ready to support the value-based mission.
Creating dedicated, operational centers of excellence
for data management and analytics is a growing trend in
healthcare. With the rise of these new organizations comes
new functions and roles, many well-suited to the skills and
expertise of health information management (HIM) professionals.
Getting Started with Data Governance
UVMHN had long anticipated the critical role that data and
information would play in its future. The organization attempted to implement DG for the first time in 2009 and again
in 2012 without success. But 2017 ushered in renewed focus
As UVMHN has grown, so has its data and information footprint. As the organization began to execute on more integrat-