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Information Stewardship: Accountability for Information Quality
October 2006
Larry English

Implementing automated edit and validation routines in application programs cannot guarantee information accuracy. Implementing business rules or edit and validation routines can prevent gross errors such as creating a date of “February 29, 2003,” or the fact that someone has 97 children when they really have 3. But implementing business rules can only guarantee “validity” that the data values are from the valid value set or conform to the tested business rules.

Accuracy of information can only be created and assured by people. Real time data captured by software, such as call data captured by the switches or medical information captured by medical devices such as EKG machines must have the business rule and program specifications and tests verified for accurate performance by subject matter experts and assured by the process owners.

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