Proposing a Master Data Domain for Collaborative Alignment

March 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Data Governance, Master Data 

If you believe that there is business value in creating a unified view of a particular data concept and therefore create a master data asset for it, what would the first step be? I suggest that you would need to propose the creation of the master data domain to a data governance committee, who would evaluate the costs and benefits prior to initiating the sequence of tasks needed to materialize a master repository.

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Exposure of Protected Healthcare Information, Breach Notification, and Data Quality

March 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Data Governance, Data Quality, Metrics 

You are probably familiar with the fact that over the past few years there have been some new laws passed regarding health care reform. One law in the HITECH legislation requires “HIPAA covered entities and their business associates to provide notification following a breach of unsecured protected health information.” What this effectively means is that if there is a case where some amount of protected health information (PHI) is inadvertently released, the organization that allowed that release is mandated to “provide notification of the breach to affected individuals, the Secretary (of Health and Human Services), and, in certain circumstances, to the media.”

In other words, you lose protected data and you have to report it to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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