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Attention Hospitals: Time to Clean Your Data House!

By Chris Chandler, PharmD, Vice President of Healthcare, USDM Life Sciences

With deadlines under UDI and DSCSA, and proposals under Meaningful Use Stage 3 to use unique identification for implant information, hospitals should seize the opportunity to manage the incredible amounts of data housed in their various information systems. Savvy hospitals are realizing that they can do more than just accommodate unique data codes in their systems. The nation's top hospitals are harnessing the data to realize benefits across their system that extend beyond operational efficiencies, such as value analyses and measuring comparative effectiveness and outcomes. Download Article: Is Your Data House in Order?

Data drives business intelligence and therefore must be reliable. Data errors can cause catastrophic consequences for patients, as data feeds automated solutions such as pumps, dispensing cabinets and barcode medication administration. How can providers recognize and pull good data from multiple disparate information systems, and use that data to drive excellence in operations and analytics? Hospitals that incorporate a Master Data Management (MDM) strategy that connects many of the different information systems it uses, and synchronizes the internal and external sources of data that fuel those systems, are better off in the long run because they are maximizing their technology investments while minimizing long-standing interoperability issues, and also getting more strategic use out of the master data.

With both technology and regulation in place, the healthcare industry is primed to use synchronized data to improve patient safety and care quality, increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Implementing an MDM strategy is a great way to start.

USDM Life Sciences offers healthcare a comprehensive assessment, strategy and solutions to implement end to end traceability of pharmaceutical and medical devices from point of receipt through to the electronic health record.

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