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Integration of Legacy Healthcare Electronic Medical Records into a Data Warehouse
September 2016
Michael Greer, Ph.D. and Melody Penning, Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

This is an overview of how a large academic, medical, and research center used some of the principles of master data management in the implementation of an enterprise data warehouse. Data governance, stewardship, entity resolution, and strong supporting metadata programs are at the center of a successful enterprise data warehouse. Migrating legacy clinical and research data in structured, unstructured, text, images, signature, pictures, and multimedia format into a single trusted data warehouse is a significant task. It is important, however, due to the most comprehensive revisions to our nationís health care system in history, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The shift from fee for service to value based payment contracts will drive the absolute necessity of a trusted enterprise data warehouse and sophisticated analytic models to calculate true cost. Reimbursements are becoming tied to quality measurements and patient satisfaction. Healthcare organizations and providers will begin to be penalized or incentivized based on performance. 

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