Blogs

Lorraine Fernandes
RHIA,Global Healthcare Industry Ambassador

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.

3 steps to successful healthcare consumer engagement

March 28, 2014
There are many paths to actively engaging consumers in their health and wellness, and the ONC Patient Matching Final report provided yet another avenue. Read More

ONC Patient Identification and Matching Report: The journey continues

March 11, 2014
Patient matching requires a solution that includes people, process and technology. There is no silver bullet such as a national patient identifier. Read More

Real-time analytics: See it at HIMSS

February 20, 2014
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. Read More

Standardized patient matching: 8 findings for better results

February 7, 2014
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 mee Read More

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

January 24, 2014
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 Read More

What it means to be a pioneer in healthcare transformation

December 13, 2013
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 hea Read More

Supporting governance requirements in healthcare data sharing

October 11, 2013
Recently I had a conversation with Julie Prough, Director, Enterprise Data Quality at UPMC about how her role has changed over the past five years and what healthcare transformation activities are underway at UPMC. At Information On Demand 2013 Julie will share details about how her group is supporting UPMC in their journey to transform healthcare through health information exchange (HIE) and clinical interoperability.  Read More

4 Keys to Reference Data: Conversations with a Healthcare CIO

July 15, 2013
I recently spoke with a healthcare CIO to explore his perspective on the challenges of managing reference data.  The points he raised reminded me of a similar conversation almost two years ago, although the two conversations had very different origins. Read More

Managing Reference Data in the Era of Analytics and Big Data

July 1, 2013
Managing reference data in a healthcare system or a payer organization is not easy. While trying to wrap my head around this vexing requirement, I pondered how many coding systems I’ve learned in my health information management career.  Read More

Mastering Data in Healthcare: Beyond Patients

May 13, 2013
Increasingly, recent conversations with customers around the world have included the need to address multiple types of data, commonly called “multi-domain” in master data management (MDM) circles. Read More

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