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Lorraine Fernandes
RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management

Lorraine Fernandes is an international thought leader, accomplished author and respected public speaker on topics related to health information technology. She has published numerous articles on the impact of using information technology for the improvement of individual and population health. She has in depth knowledge about data exchange and data quality. Additionally, she has expertise in patient, provider and citizen identification related to patient safety, electronic health records and customer satisfaction. Lorraine is a principal liaison with international and US professional and industry agencies and IBM clients.

How master data management supports health information exchange

How master data management supports health information exchange

May 28, 2015 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
A recent healthcare information research event explored the role of master data management in supporting research, care coordination and health information exchange. Take a look at the interaction that transpired and validates the importance of matching patient data to clinical records.

How do you find and define your customers in a big data environment?

October 23, 2014 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
Every day hundreds of articles and blogs are written about the theoretical value of big data, but many don’t offer actionable specifics. At IBM Insight on October 28, we are correcting this historical shortcoming and showcasing how big data (specifically Big Match) is enabling a single view of a...

Big data in healthcare needs governance

June 25, 2014 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
Building confidence in the big data and analytic initiatives requires good governance. Data from a variety of sources, and in different formats, heightens the need for strong, proactive governance. Health information management professions area ideal candidates for this critical need.  

Patient identification and matching: The journey continues

May 7, 2014 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
Patient identification and patient matching have been a decades-long challenge for the healthcare industry. Hear some of the recent industry activities addressing these challenges, as well as the UPMC case study. 

3 steps to successful healthcare consumer engagement

March 28, 2014 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
There are many paths to actively engaging consumers in their health and wellness, and the ONC Patient Matching Final report provided yet another avenue. In my blog I mentioned consumer engagement as a path to better data quality, but the value is really very broad. Therefore, it is important that...

ONC Patient Identification and Matching Report: The journey continues

March 11, 2014 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
Patient matching requires a solution that includes people, process and technology. There is no silver bullet such as a national patient identifier. The ONC Patient Identification and Matching Final Report reflected this long-held belief. Enjoy some highlights from this report below: Standardize...

Real-time analytics: See it at HIMSS

February 20, 2014 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
HIMSS14 attendees are in for a treat this year; in addition to the amazing educational sessions and exhibits, visitors will have the opportunity to an exciting story about real-time analytics for research and data quality. Dr Ray Duncan, CTO for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Dr...

Standardized patient matching: 8 findings for better results

February 7, 2014 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
In my last blog post I shared some of the background on the December ONC Patient Identification and Matching Stakeholder meeting, as well as barriers explored during the meeting. Lively debate erupted around some findings, with a few participants feeling that the whole discussion was going down the...

We don't have an algorithm problem—We have a data problem

January 24, 2014 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
The December 16, 2013 ONC Stakeholder meeting addressing patient identification and matching could best be summed up by a statement made early in the day’s discussions by Dr Scott Schumacher, chief scientist for MDM at IBM: “We don’t have an algorithm issue, we have a data quality issue.” As the...

What it means to be a pioneer in healthcare transformation

December 13, 2013 | by Lorraine Fernandes, RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador, IBM Information Management
Recently I was the recipient of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2013 Pioneer Award for my work over the years in advancing data standards, data quality and international health information management. To say I was honored to be in the company of previous award winners...

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