Health Data Management Strategies and Advantages

Proper Health Data Management means that a healthcare organization can take better advantage of all the positives of having good data and being able to access it an efficient and timely manner.

Freedom and Flexibility of Data

With the use of new technology like cloud data management, health data management can boast of freedom and flexibility of data. As a healthcare organization grows they also embrace new technology and with the rate at which new technology is entering the market, the adoption rate is increasing as old systems become not good enough and there is an increased comfort in adopting new systems. One of this is the cloud. In the beginning, cloud data storage was looked at with lots of skepticism and there were security concerns.  

With such an easy access, there has to be a breach of data or something. But over time people began to see the advantages of cloud computing and cloud storage and began to trust it more. One of the most strategic benefits of the cloud is the ability to enable greater freedom and flexibility. Cloud storage also offers better data backup and flexibility. This has led to consistent data recovery across the healthcare space. It has also led to better data sharing and more new projects powered by these advantages.

Accessibility of Data

In healthcare organizations, it is important that data is easily accessible. All data including new data and old and previously existing data should be stored in systems that can be accessed by doctors, nurses, and any health staff. These health staff needs the data to attend to patients and do their jobs. Doctors need access to patient data when they make their rounds with patients.

They can pull up information on the patients’ health history and any care they have previously received, any medication allergies etc. Other hospital staff also need access to data, lab technicians, pharmacists etc. So any healthcare organization that’s concerned with running smoothly and providing the best care, should have data access capabilities.

Validity of Data

Healthcare organizations should always have steps in place to ensure that their data is valid and accurate. There are sophisticated statistical tools that can be used to ensure that data is valid. These tools also help identify outliers in the data and any missing data or gaps in the system. Data can be pretty chaotic due to different binding methods being used, different data storing systems etc. These tools help bring all the data together in a uniform for,art that can easily be interpreted and analyzed.

Ensuring the validity of data is very important because bad data can derail any health data management strategies put in place. Imaging spending so much money and putting in so much man hours and resources to roll out a strategy and then have it all drailed because of bad data or because of a discrepancy in the data.

Fine-Tunning Data

Besides ensuring the validity of data, there are lots of other processes that data has to go through to get it to the end product that’s easily understandable by hospital staff and can be used for decision making and strategizing. Preparing data for analytics requires merging, transforming, de-normalizing and sometimes aggregating the data. It also means clearly defining the data sources, and also the data visualization tools to be used.

Other reshaping transformations like frequency analysis, appending data, partitioning and combining data, and multiple summarization techniques. Once a process of fine-tuning data has been established, it can be used repeatedly for all incoming and newly acquired data. Fine tuning data promotes collaboration, provides lineage information on the data preparation process, and makes it easier to deploy models on new data. More accurate models mean faster cycles, faster data interpretation and more flexibility for strategic planning.

Data Security

Data security is a big concern for any organization that relies heavily on data. That means healthcare organization as well. Patient information, such as their names, addresses, credit card information, social security numbers, and other vital information needs to be kept safe and free of data breaches. Data security challenges, including data breaches and data loss, are the primary concern for healthcare organizations considering their data strategies. Sometimes data breaches can happen from hacking from external threats and also from human error.

In fact, human error has been recorded to be one of the greatest threats to data security. One of the most secure ways of storing data has been seen to be the cloud. The cloud is still relatively new and there are still those hesitant to adopt it. However, the security of cloud storage has been shown to be strong and so more and more people are adopting it and taking advantage of its many uses.

The cloud can be used to scale up workloads and the flexibility it brings also means workload can be scaled down depending on what’s needed. This is a big advantage for smaller healthcare organization as they do not need to tie up capital in buying hardware for data storage space.