Information Services & Technology

Data Governance

The ability to define, measure, and track information is central to transforming Jefferson into a value-based healthcare partner.  Access to reliable data is at the heart of building a value-based culture. From source to delivery, a chain of trust must be enforced so data producers, analyzers, and consumers are confident that data is being appropriately and accurately used. 

Data Governance is the methodology that explicitly acknowledges data as a strategic asset and establishes processes to govern the use of that data to create maximum value for patients, students, faculty, staff and the overall community. 

The data governance program at Jefferson consists of three bodies:

Data Governance Executive Council (DGEC): Made up of senior leaders across Jefferson who are responsible to define and drive data governance program objectives across the organization.

Data Stewardship Workgroups (DSW): Include operational leaders who run the data governance program for their respective functions. Five workgroups have been created: Quality, Patient Access, Finance, Research, and Legal & Compliance.

Data Governance Program Office (DGPO): Facilitates the overall data governance operations and ensures alignment between the Council and Stewardship Workgroups.

  Data Governance Executive Council Data Stewardship Workgroups  
Essential Function  Define and drive data governance program objectives across the organization Operationalize data governance for their respective functions  
Essential Responsibilities
  • Define operating model for data governance program
  • Align data governance strategy with BSA and pillar strategies
  • Assess program performance and identify operational priorities
  • Review and approve data policies
  • Serve as “Data Champions” to promote bidirectional communication with senior leadership, ensure alignment with strategic objectives, drive “data literacy” and analytical maturity throughout the organization, strengthen executive support and secure resources for data governance
  • Develop, implement and enforce data governance policies and procedures relating to business glossary, master data management, data quality, metadata management, information life-cycle management, and business process integration
  • Serve as “Data Ambassadors” to the organization to promote bidirectional communication with business functions, ensure data governance addresses important operational objectives, and strengthen engagement with business community
 
Decision Rights
  • Approve data governance policies and strategy
  • Approve data stewardship workgroup charters and membership
  • Final arbitrator of decisions that workgroups could not reach consensus
  • Operational control over business glossary, master data management, data quality, metadata management, information life-cycle management, and business process integration
 
Commitment 
  • Attend six, bi-monthly meetings (2 hours duration)
  • Drive at least 1 key data governance priority
  • Regularly communicate program updates to senior leaders
  • Attend monthly workgroup meetings
  • Provide functional expertise as needed
  • Regularly communicate program updates to business functions