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Ask simple questions to manage your data

Quality Improvement Report, August 1, 2008

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Quality departments struggling to keep up with increasing demands to collect, analyze, and present data should first take an inventory of what information they’re already collecting and determine whether it ties into the organization’s strategy.

“The real secret is making sure every piece of data you collect, one, you know about, and two, it’s directly tied into your strategy,” says Ken Rohde, author of Making Your Data Work: Tools and Templates for Effective Analysis, published by HCPro, Inc. “Organizations sometimes are collecting a lot more data than they know about, and that data never gets used because people don’t know that they’ve collected it.”

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