‘Data-driven’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Data Dumptrucking’

By Cliff Gallagher, Partner, JHD Healthcare Partners

Healthcare organizations are undergoing extensive changes in order to compete successfully in a world driven on integration and quantitative metrics.  They have made significant investments in integrated technology systems – Cerner, Epic, etc. – and now they need to make business decisions tied to data. As data pours in from every corner, they should be able to make informed, clear decisions based on strong, empirical evidence now, right?

Perhaps you have heard the phrase: “Be careful what you wish for – you just may get it”?

In many cases, the plethora of good data becomes an albatross choking a system’s ability to use that data as it intended. Being able to discern good data from bad helps avoid the situation we call “data dumptrucking.”  Just because there is more data doesn’t mean it’s the best data.

To avoid the dreaded data dumptrucking, I recommend establishing a foreman for the data.  One team should be responsible for pulling and managing the data instead of each department running their own reports.  This department is responsible for creating, running and validating reports.  All data comes from one department. Reports should be carefully created and managed, and access to the creation of these reports should be thoughtfully determined beforehand.

Don’t let the incredible amount of new data that your system generates leave your health system gasping for air under a pile of worthless statistics.  Schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation now to find out how you can make data work for you.

Cliff Gallagher is a partner with JHD Healthcare Partners who leads the Practice Co-management service line. Contact JHD Healthcare Partners today to find out how you can avoid data dumptrucking in your organization.  www.jhdhp.com

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One thought on “‘Data-driven’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Data Dumptrucking’

  1. Pingback: Avoiding Data Dumptrucking, Part Two

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