Are you getting the highest possible return from your healthcare data management technology?
Better data management in healthcare is no longer an option for organizations who wish to remain competitive. Data is the common anchor for patient services, marketing, financial departments, providers, and business decision makers to drive the organization forward.
How can you make the most from your healthcare data management technology?
Put these three best practices to work to deliver an optimal experience for every user:
Invest in a Data Governance Strategy
Successful data management doesn’t start with a product – it begins with a strategy. Many organizations in healthcare mistakenly believe they need certain types or a certain amount of data before they can see any benefit, but this simply isn’t true.
Also, not only do you need a plan on how to collect data, but you also need to recognize what to do with the data you store and how you can use it to your advantage.
Data governance is all about knowing what type of data to collect and having a plan on how to leverage it:
- What do you really need to know?
- Why do you need to know it?
- Who needs to access it?
- How will you use it?
- What issues does the data address?
Knowing the answers to all of the above can help ensure you’re collecting thoughtful insights and give you a clearer picture on how you should manage it to achieve the intended outcome.
Take No Shortcuts With Security
Security issues remain one of the biggest threats to healthcare data management. The industry is no stranger to data breaches, with costs reaching record numbers for the 7th straight year last year.
Historically, healthcare IT departments invest much of their resources in perimeter security to protect against outside attacks. But not enough is being devoted to mitigating damage in the event an attacker infiltrates the network.
IT departments should take more caution when segregating data within the network so that cybercriminals cannot access information throughout the organization.
Provide Ongoing Training and Education
Even the best data tools and systems are useless if your team has a fragmented understanding of how to use them. Providing ongoing training and education is essential in ensuring data is collected, stored, and used appropriately to give your organization the biggest possible return.
For example, if you are using a healthcare CRM, every business unit that uses it should know how to correctly input and organize data so that other business units can easily access it.
There must be standardized processes that each department is required to remove any inconsistencies or guesswork associated with data management practices.
Let Lifepoint Help You Get the Most from Data Management Technology
Lifepoint’s data management technology was designed for modern healthcare organizations who want all the benefits of better data without the typical frustrations and gaps in defense. We’ve tailored our solutions to create a standard framework for data management, but also include customization so you can make it unique to your organization.
Take a free demo today to discover how Lifepoint is paving the way toward better, usable data that will make a noticeable impact in your organization.