HIMSS 2014: Enterprise Data Management—An Executive Perspective

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Cristine Kao

Cristine Kao, Global Marketing Manager, Healthcare IT, Carestream

Enterprise data management has always been a daunting task. Best practices and case studies are often shared because telling these war stories is how facilities can best learn from one another. It is a way to cope with the challenging and vital task at hand.

Since enterprise data management encompasses so many components, it is best to break down the different components that are maintained throughout the enterprise—capture, analysis, storage, access, sharing, etc.

The essence is the exchange of information—from the patient to the physician, to the departmental system, to the storage of the data—and the exchange needs to remain fluid to allow optimal care for the patient.

At HIMSS14, in partnership with the HIMSS organization, Carestream will be sponsoring a panel titled, “Executive Perspective: How to Achieve Efficient Enterprise Data Management.” Jennifer Horowitz, Senior Director of Research for HIMSS Analytics, will moderate the session that consists of four executives who can each provide different perspectives and best practices in designing and maintaining an efficient data management system.

Panelists include:

  • Michael Cohen, Vice President – Clinical Support, Information Management and Chief Privacy Officer, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, Canada
  • Tonya Reeder, Chief Information Management Officer, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
  • Steven Sarros, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Baptist Health Care, Pensacola, Fla.; and
  • John Showalter, Chief Health Information Officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Miss.

Among the variety of technologies present at HIMSS, data management is certainly the trend that is holding some of the most attention. This is because it affects the physician, healthcare facility, and, most importantly, the patient.

The four executives on this panel are sure to shine a bright light on the successes and struggles they have experienced and the lessons that all attendees can take away: how to achieve higher revenue and lower costs while enhancing productivity for IT staffs and radiology departments. Effective and efficient enterprise data management is not impossible, but it is difficult. This panel assures attendees that they are not alone in their quest, and provides insights on how to stay on the right path.



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