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How to Improve Quality in Data Standards: Using the Cloud to Identify Issues of Clarity
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March 2019 SES Webinar


How to Improve Quality in Data Standards: Using the Cloud to Identify Issues of Clarity and Consistency


Data standards are used to facilitate communication. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has been used for decades to allow different population health experts to assess and compare causes of morbidity and mortality. With the advent of computerized billing systems, ICD has become an important tool for billing and quality control as well.

ICD and its national derivatives are curated by panels of experts, and an extensive professional community supports quality education and certification for applying the codes to clinical cases. However, due to the very breadth of this community, these institutions diverge in their interpretations of the subtler nuances of the standard.  This webinar will focus on the consistency in healthcare data standards, including

-      Overview of the International Classification of Disease (ICD)

-      Quality issues resulting from diverse communities & priorities

-      Cloud-based tactics for bringing these communities together

-      Review of a candidate process for identifying ambiguities and vagueness 

By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to describe a strategy for improving clarity and consistency in a data standard.


Guest Speakers:

Jay Lyle, Ph.D is a clinical data standards architect for JP systems, serving as the current terminology project manager for the Federal Health Information Model and as a consultant to the Veterans Health Administration for standards implementation. He is also a founding partner of the US affiliate of the Global e-Health Collaborative, an organization focused on developing collaborative solutions to complex health data issues.


After teaching composition and literature in high school and college, he worked in systems integration as a business architect and project manager before focusing his efforts on data standards, which he has been designing and helping to implement for over ten years. Jay serves as co-chair of the Patient Care work group for the Health Level 7 (HL7) International standards development organization. He holds a PhD in Renaissance literature from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Emory Goizeuta school of business.


Heather Grain, MHI, FACHI

Heather is the co-founder of The Global eHealth Collaborative (GeHCo) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to enable improvements in eHealth initiatives and outcomes through leveraging the expertise within the community, in order to improve standards development and uptake.  She is a Fellow on the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne, in Melbourne, Australia.


Heather has international expertise in the development, implementation, management and governance of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and eHealth systems, terminological content and education.  She has served in many international leadership positions including as chair of Working Group 3 for ISO TC 215, Health informatics and as co-chair of the HL7 Terminology Working Group.