State Hospitals Department aims to do more with electronic data and records

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The department responsible for running the state hospital system and providing mental health services to those admitted is looking to do more with data and electronic health records.

In a Budget Amendment Proposal (BCP) on “Data Governance and De-Identification Compliance” filed with the California Department of Treasury, the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) is requesting $1.5 million dollars in general funds and six two-year limits. fixed-term positions in fiscal years 2022-23 and 2023-24, to “establish the leadership of the Research, Evaluation and Data Analytics (REDI) program” – including a new senior leadership position level. Among the takeaways:

  • DSH’s REDI program would be responsible for “implementing a comprehensive data strategy, establishing a data governance structure that will maximize data use and integrity, and compliance with California’s data de-identification guidelines. Health and Human Services (CHHS),” according to the BCP. . And, if the BCP is approved as submitted, the program would be led by DSH’s Chief Data Officer (CDO), one of six in-demand positions and a Career Executive (CEA) position” due to the expertise, skills and scope responsibility for overseeing a complex forensic care system. This CDO role will require “extensive experience leading complex data programs involving medical data, law enforcement and protected patient and employee data,” and to find only “qualified talent,” the CEA position must be “high enough to compete with private sector data executives,” according to the BCP.
  • The new CDO’s responsibilities would include serving as the “senior manager” on departmental data analysis and research created from “population analysis”, partnering and collaborating with all government operations. and agencies; represent the department on data sub-committees, steering committees and working groups of the CHHS agency; and represent the department in partnerships with the state CDO. The CDO would also have “full responsibility for the scope and risks associated with DSH’s health information” and the responsibility “to improve the quality, reliability and access to data and to create value from its data assets”. The CDO must also create a plan and strategy in partnership with CHHS to examine the “full scope and vision” of REDI. The CDO will also work closely with DSH’s chief information officer to align data and technology goals, and with the state medical director and other department executives “to ensure a shared vision in the clinical and programmatic direction”. Key responsibilities of the new CDO will include developing the department’s data strategy, integrating “industry best practices into healthcare organizations to guide analytics progress” and reviewing all areas data growth and risk.
    “Based on these efforts, a future request for resources may be required to achieve a comprehensive and advanced data program.”
  • PCO is also requesting the addition of a research data manager position (Personnel Services Manager III) to establish, lead and oversee its data governance program, which includes an advisory board and a research data governance team. data. The program is built around four data functions: quality and utility, literacy, expert determination and privacy, and data escalation and acquisition goals within each function. The officer and council will work to “formalize and adopt all governance goals and develop timelines and metrics to assess achievement of goals.” The proposal also seeks to add a Research Director, also an SSM III position; a strategic planning coordinator, an SSM II specialist role; and a Data Engineer and a Data and Information Architect, both IT specialists III. The Research Director will serve as the lead expert supervisor for DSH’s Expert Determination Program; the Personnel Services Manager’s specialist will lead “strategic planning activities”; The Data Engineer will lead partnerships between business and IT units on building and deploying data pipelines “in support of key data and analytics use cases”; and the Data and Information Architect will lead the “enterprise-wide data technology and process” management strategy.
  • Independent of BCP, DSH is seeking an Electronic Health Record Project Manager position (Career Executive Assignment). The project aims to provide an “integrated ecosystem of human-centric, data-driven applications designed to support a range of healthcare services for all DSH patients”. The role is “a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in ensuring the success of this health technology initiative,” according to the job listing. The successful candidate will work under the direction of the Chief Information Officer of DSH to lead the project and develop and administer its applications and infrastructure, while leading “the formulation and implementation of new technology services” to meet its needs. future. The Director will also be responsible for developing policies and procedures related to the project; be responsible for all aspects of its planning, staffing, training and budget; and be the primary liaison with “key legacy system personnel, operational management” and end users. The position has a monthly salary range of $7,781 to $13,657 and the application deadline is April 8.