Healthcare Data Governance Practice Brief

Healthcare Data Governance (DG) is not a new topic but is still challenging for many healthcare organizations to implement and achieve. With the increase in technology and specifically the electronic health record (EHR), the amount of data available has grown exponentially. Additionally, the focus on providing higher quality care in a more efficient way has increased awareness that data is a strategic asset that needs to be managed. An organization’s data can consist of master data (e.g., shared data), reference data (e.g., classifications, standards, mappings), and metadata (e.g., data about other data).
This Practice Brief outlines the healthcare data governance structure/framework, guiding principles, organization-wide applications, and best practices/recommendations surrounding healthcare data.