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Healthy data makes for healthy organizations

As a Health and Human Services provider, you know how important health is. Connecting people with the resources they need to improve their lives is a top priority. But do you ever consider the health of your organization? The same way that healthy people enjoy fuller lives, healthy organizations are better able to provide their constituents with excellent services. In order to make the right strategic decisions, you need your data to be healthy too. So what does it mean to have healthy data and how can you make sure you do?

Give your data a checkup

Even when you feel totally fine, you still go to the doctor at least once a year for your annual checkup. So even if you think your data is in good shape, it isn’t a bad idea to give it a checkup. Assessing your organization’s data quality can help you uncover issues you were unaware of, and figure out what areas you may need to focus on. If you go to your physical and find out your blood pressure is high, you may pay attention to exercise more, eat healthier, and cut down your salt intake. Similarly, when you examine your data quality and your data strategy, there may be things to pay special attention to. Check out our Data Quality Improvement Assessment to determine the current state of your data quality methodology and see what you can do to improve your data quality.

Monitoring your data each day keeps the data doctor away

You don’t have to be a professional in the healthcare industry to understand how much the choices you make each day can impact your overall health. Keeping your data healthy is also something that requires daily effort. The good news, however, is that there are tools available that can automate certain processes that help keep your data healthy. There are cleansing solutions that can help clean your data and validate data as you collect it to make sure only accurate information enters your system. (If only such a tool existed that could turn that bacon cheeseburger into a salad as it enters your system…) Data monitoring also lets you keep a gauge on your data quality day to day. Our solution, Experian Pandora, helps you monitor and manage your data over time, providing alerts and notifications, as well as issue resolution. In addition to monitoring, Experian Pandora enables you to profile your data, discover relationships between siloed pieces of information, and enrich the data you have.

Want to learn more about how to improve the health of your organization’s data? Check out our SlideShare:

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