Interdependent Registries: Information Governance for Today and Tomorrow

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Healthcare delivery organizations, both private and public, around the globe are struggling with improving outcomes, reducing costs, and realizing full value from the resources that strive to deliver better care outcomes  The resources may be human, technology, care delivery and financial, all in short supply!! Canada is not exception to these statements, and e Health 2014, being held June 1-4 in Vancouver, British Columbia will share new insights to addressing these challenges.


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kathleen Addison, Senior Provincial Director from Alberta Health Services, and IBM Healthcare Sector Architects, Allan Helton and Serge Theberge, as they prepared their presentation “Interdependent Registries:  A MDM Approach to Health Registries and Reference Data Management”.


The presentation outlines the potential short and long term value of an MDM program approach to registry and reference data.  The presenters make it clear that information governance is key to such a program.  They will explore the governance aspects of process, technology, and change management with the diverse stakeholders that would be represented.  Here are a few highlights from the presentation:

  • In addition to core registries such as client and provider, interdependent registries such as primary care provider, primary care team and service delivery location registries can be highly valuable as we transform healthcare to a more patient centric, care coordination model.  No disease state or condition is truly independent, but rather interdependent to physical, social, or mental components.  Information and its governance should reflect this care model shift and patient expectation.
  • Both a top down and a bottom up approach can be used in establishing an MDM approach to the management of registries and reference data.  There is no “right” domain to begin the journey, although starting with patient/client and provider registries are logical since one or both may already exist.
  • Good information governance creates capacity to address strategic and operational priorities.
  • Accurate data is the foundation for trusted data.  And trusted data is essential to making timely, sound business and clinical decisions.
  • Mastered data such as client, provider, location, terminology, services, represents a significant portion of an EHR.  With mastered and trusted data you have data that is created once and re-used many times.   This creates accuracy, efficiencies and economies of scale.


I’m excited to be visiting one of my favorite cities and again attending the eHealth Conference being held June 1-4 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.   Please join IBM to learn more about the presentation and how IBM is helping transform healthcare at the conference. Click here


If you won’t be at the conference, let’s start a dialogue around interdependent registries and what this concept might do for your enterprise.  I’ve discussed this concept in several blogs previously, so please see those thoughts here.

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