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    RF01 - Foundational Methodologies (ID 7)

    • Event: e-Health 2019 Virtual Meeting
    • Type: Rapid Fire Session
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    • Presentations: 1
    • Coordinates: 5/27/2019, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Area 5
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      RF01.02 - CCO’s Journey to Enterprise Metadata Management (ID 462)

      Kimberley Hill, Data & Analytics Governance, Cancer Care Ontario; Toronto/CA

      • Abstract

      To enable Cancer Care Ontario’s (CCO) mandate supporting Ontario government on cancer and kidney care systems, and key health priorities such as wait times on health services, CCO collaborates with healthcare partners to improve the performance of our health systems by driving quality, accountability, innovation, and value. Metadata documentations were inconsistent, incomplete, and scattered across muiltiple artifacts, thus has been identified as a foundational pillar of enterprise data governance practice to deliver CCO’s mandate using data and analytics capabilities. Implementing Enterprise Metadata Management (EMM) ensures data users can access consistent supplemental documentation across clinical domains, understand the underlying meaning of the data they use or may want to use, leading to better trusted information for decision making.

      EMM approach has been developed by defining and implementing a policy, guideline, procedural manuals, processes, and identification of roles and responsibilities (R&Rs) that center around a work cycle. To enable EMM practice adoption, CCO has introduced technology to support the implementation and maintenance activities to keep metadata current, complete, and correct at all times. Guideline establishes enterprise R&Rs, standardized repeatable and scalable process steps, and standardize templates to gather metadata, resulting in robust and maintainable EMM repository. Procedural manuals are established to ensure data asset specifics are captured. Customized sessions are conducted to ensure data stewards and users understand benefits of this work and how it can positively impact their work. Data Stewards receives close mentorship to ensure metadata content gathered reflect EMM standards. Technical teams standardizes the approach to link between technical and business metadata across data assets, a single scalable data model is used to capture business metadata across all data assets, and the technology supports organization wide access to the metadata. metadata work cycle.png

      EMM implementation improves CCO data users’ understanding of the underlying meaning of CCO data, reducing unnecessary time to determine information accuracy, enable identification and resolution of conflicting information, thus increasing users’ trust and confident use of the data. People, process, and technology are all required to ensure the EMM practice is sustainable. Having commitment from all levels of organization (from executive team to junior analysts) to undertake this initiative is critical. By ensuring stakeholders are included in the process development and refinement, they feel they are part of this journey. The technologies meet current needs while also scalable to meet future requirements. This initiative may change how users interact with information to understand data; ongoing change management support is recommended to assist users through this transformation.

      Enterprise metadata management is required for organizations looking to realize value by leveraging its data and analytics assets

      140 Character Summary:
      CCO’s Journey to Enterprise Metadata Management is essential to transforming CCO to an insight driven organization.