IT teams are the guardians of health system data. Their role in quality initiatives in healthcare is undeniable. Yet maximizing IT contributions to quality initiatives requires a shift in IT’s traditional role.
Traditionally supporters of data governance, security, privacy, and access—all important for achieving quality initiatives—IT teams need to do more. They need to integrate five must-haves:
Data best practices
Engaged frontline staff
The industry is up against expanding regulatory requirements that will place high demands on IT teams, including ONC’s goal to reduce the collection and reporting burden on providers. IT teams that embrace these five must-haves are best positioned to create user-centric tools and processes that reduce this burden.