Back in September, I shared my insights in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News about the importance of being your own data defender. In that blog, I expressed a viewpoint that I believe strongly in: Every nursing home should consider appointing a “data czar.”
This strategic move positions the facility to excel in representing itself to external stakeholders and, crucially, defending against potential reputational challenges.
Since that writing, my conviction in the concept of appointing a data czar has only grown stronger. Several recent experiences have concretely shown how a dedicated individual in this role can make a substantial difference. These experiences allowed me a more comprehensive understanding of a data czar’s role in ensuring data integrity and contextualizing the data to uphold the reputation of their nursing home. I’ll talk about one of them here.