Health & Medical

6A: Creating and Explaining Data Dictionaries


As the Director of Health Information for a large health system, you have been asked to work with IT to develop the process of using data dictionaries in the transition to an Electronic Health Record (EHR). The CEO and Board of Directors has asked you to work on processes to implement across the organization. Please follow the instructions below in completion of this assignment.

Part 1

Competency Assessed

  • Construct a simple data dictionary that could simulate what a data dictionary might look like for a Master Patient Index. It should contain at least 10 data elements.

Part 2

Explain why a data dictionary is necessary for the use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR). How does it help? What issues does a data dictionary solve in advance?

  • At least 500 words in length.
  • NO PLAGIARISM. Quoting should be less than 10% of the entire paper. Paraphrasing is necessary.
  • U.S. references only within 5-7 years

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