Proper data validation is essential to successful implementation and rollout of healthcare reporting and analytics platforms. While the task of collecting and maintaining quality data can consume time and resources, the payoff is worth the investment. Poor data quality often results in missed care opportunities, confusion and frustration and even diminished care quality. Health Care for the Homeless (HCH), a Baltimore-based “safety net” care provider, gets excited about data. Center staff – both non-clinical and clinical – went to extra lengths to ensure its Azara DRVS implementation included more than the usual amount of data validation, an examination of its data collection processes, a spirit of collaboration among a diverse staff and a willingness to accept an overarching truth: the effort to validate data properly will expose mistakes within the data, process deficiencies, and other unforeseen challenges. But the reward for tackling these issues head-on is a health center with powerful, truly actionable data. Read the full story
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