vesting in automation is an easy one to make. Infrastructures
exist that can help streamline RDM initiatives as well as ongoing maintenance and updating of data assets.
Strategies Needed for Ongoing Management of Data
As HIM departments consider how to effectively address oversight and management of industry terminology standards, the
following questions should be considered:
What standards does my organization use?
Who owns the distribution of those standards?
How many systems consume that data?
What process is followed to keep the standards up to date?
How are the standards distributed throughout the organization to ensure consistent data?
Once fully assessed, HIM departments can devise appropriate strategies for ongoing management of these important
data assets, equipping professionals for a greater role in data
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Cheryl Mason ( Cheryl.Mason@wolterskluwer.com) is the director of content consulting at Wolters Kluwer, Health Language.
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