Stephen Hess joined Health Catalyst as a Data Architect in January 2012. Prior to Health Catalyst, he was a project manager and a certified Lean Six Sigma black belt at Xerox Corporation where he worked for thirteen years in the business-services division. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah.
Health systems increasingly recognize data as one of their top strategic assets, but how many organizations have the processes and frameworks in place to protect their data? Without effective data governance, organizations risk losing trust in their data and its value in process and outcomes improvement; a 2018 survey indicated less than half of healthcare CIOs have strong trust in their data.
By following five steps towards data governance, health systems can effectively steward data and grow and maintain trust in it as a critical asset:
1. Identify the organizational priorities.
2. Identify the data governance priorities.
3. Identify and recruit the early adopters.
4. Identify the scope of the opportunity appropriately.
5. Enable early adopters to become enterprise data governance leaders and mentors.