Healthcare Can Now Get Faster, Better and Cheaper Authoritative Data Using International Standards for Data Quality and Cataloging at Source (C@S)

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The new ECCMA Health Care Industry Content Standardization Council, leading data quality experts and companies offering data quality software and services will be presenting at the ECCMA 10th Annual Data Quality Conference to be held in Bethlehem, PA (October 27th -29th 2009).

The new ECCMA Health Care Industry Content Standardization Council, leading data quality experts and companies offering data quality software and services will be presenting at the ECCMA 10th Annual Data Quality Conference to be held in Bethlehem, PA (October 27th -29th 2009).

The health care industry is facing increased pressure to streamline operations and deliver savings. Beyond the management of patient records, hospitals and health care facilities are expected to be able to manage and report accurately on their costs. This requires faster, better and cheaper access to authoritative data; data required for the safe and efficient operation of their facilities. ISO 8000-110:2008 is a new international standard for master data quality which provides the framework for measuring data quality, the first step in improving data quality. By using the new standard, it is now possible to request or require that suppliers and trading partners provide quality data, this is cataloging at source (C@S).

The frustration and cost of avoidable delays and mistakes caused by poor data quality impacts all aspects of business, such as design, procurement, operations and management. Solving the problem starts with the ability to measure data quality. An International Standard for master data quality, ISO TS/8000-110:2008, was created at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense and members of NATO logistics with the support of industry experts from twenty-two countries. The standard covers the fundamental quality of data contained in its syntactic and semantic encoding as well as fitness for purpose, qualities that are at the heart of data portability, long-term data preservation, data integration and cataloging at source (C@S).

Commenting on the need for quality data in the health care industry was Dr. Salomon de Jager, the CEO of PiLog, a leader in providing data quality solutions stated, "The primary purpose of a managed procurement and inventory environment is to provide the goods and services required for the safe and efficient operation of a facility, in a timely and cost effective manner. Determining if the item will be a direct purchase or an inventoried item, establishing a reliable source of supply, obtaining the best price and timely delivery is a considerable challenge that requires good information. In a complex production environment very few in the supply chain ever see the objects themselves and instead they must rely on descriptions. These descriptions must not only accurately identify the items but must also describe them in a way that they can be easily found, differentiated and grouped for management and analysis.

The PiLog Content Quality Manager (PiLog-CQM) creates a managed environment for maintaining data quality by providing a simple work flow that facilitates the development of suitable descriptions for both operations, procurement and spend analysis. PiLog-CQM is designed to provide a high level of Item Entry Control (IEC) to improve item identification and reduce item duplication."
PiLog representatives will be among the companies and data quality experts providing data quality and data cleaning software and service solutions presenting at ECCMA's 10th Annual Conference to be held October 27th-29th, 2009 at the historic Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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The Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA) is an international not for profit membership association founded in 1999 with mission to research, develop and promote better quality data for use in electronic commerce. The Association first developed the UNSPSC as a global commodity classification and went on to develop the ECCMA Open Technical Dictionary (eOTD) to allow the creation and exchange of unambiguous, language independent descriptions. The eOTD is based on the Federal Cataloging System and the NATO Codification System, the systems used to manage the world's largest shared inventory developed by the Department of Defense at a cost in excess of $3 Billion and used today by over 50 countries.

ECCMA is the American National Standards (ANSI) appointed administrator of the US Technical Advisors Group to ISO Technical Committee 184 Sub Committee 4 (TC 184/SC 4), a leading ISO technical committee responsible for the development and maintance of international standards for industrial data.

The ECCMA Health Care Industry Content Standardization Council is responsible for ensuring that the ECCMA Open Technical Dictionary (eOTD) includes Health Care Industry specific terminology required for cataloging individuals, organizations, locations, goods, services, processes, procedures, rules and regulations. The eOTD is managed by ECCMA in accordance with ISO 22745. The council is also responsible for the development and registration of data requirement statements as defined by ISO 22745 and for the development and maintenance of the Health industry spend analysis classification. Any member of ECCMA may request to join and participate in the health industry content standardization council.

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