Healthcare organizations must ensure health information shared through data exchanges is accurate.

The Information must also be easily accessible to providers but still maintain record integrity, validity, and security.  Comprehensive data integrity programs are required to ensure the complex issues surrounding patient identity and data integrity which must be addressed during the creation, storage and transmission phases of patient information. Who is responsible for this in your facility? Is it Information Systems? Health Information Management?  Both departments are under pressure right now with ICD-10 conversions and EMR implementations.  Many large scale health care systems are creating Data Administration departments to stay ahead of the rapidly changing healthcare landscape.  See Tips and Advice for a more detailed background on Data Administration.

Why are they becoming Vital? 

This study is significant to hospitals because the creation of a Data Administration Department could reduce the need for multiple clinical staff that are difficult to recruit and of significant salary expense by reassigning some of the work load to non-clinical staff. Hospitals could also choose to keep their existing pathologists, and free up their time for further research. Additional research could result in additional grant awards and future breakthroughs in genetic and disease pathology.