What Does It Mean To Be The Source Of Truth for Credentialing Data?

April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021

HealthStream regularly publishes guest blog posts like the one below from Marcia Googe, Consultant, at VerityStream.

We often hear this term bandied about but what does it really mean to be a Source of Truth for credentialing data? In essence it means your organization can trust the data that comes out of your database and is fed to other software systems. That’s a lot of weight to place on your credentialing software’s shoulders. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before declaring your system to be the Source of Truth or feeding your data to a downstream system or data lake:

  • If you work with your Database Administrator they can help you look at raw data in your system. Is the data you want to share with the rest of the organization clean or do you see a lot of items that need to be fixed?
  • Do you have solid rules around what data you will and will not share? Is that also understood by the providers whose data resides in your system?
  • Is your relationship with Information Technology one that is collaborative? Do you know that you have an ally in your technical support team that will support your data decisions?
  • Do you have the support of senior level leadership that can champion the need to protect your rules around what data is shared to other software systems?
  • If you are a part of a larger healthcare system, do the other participants in your credentialing system agree with your ideas?

These are just a few questions you will want to ask yourself and others in your organization as you begin to have discussions around including provider information into the world of big data. As always, VerityStream is there to help you navigate these talks.

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