The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced a brand new position and have already appointed someone to fill it. A press release from that source declared that Niall Brennan will serve as Chief Data Officer for that organization, and will be the first person to hold that role.
According to this statement, Brennan's duties will include working with the data collected by the organization to make the CMS more effective and accessible. Transparency is also an important goal, with Brennan expected to make the information handled by the agency easier to understand.
The release quotes Andy Slavitt, current Principal Deputy Administrator for CMS, on the way that transparency is shaping that organization's development. Brennan's appointment is presumably in keeping with this goal.
"Our commitment to transparency is matched by our commitment to keeping personal information safeguarded," he said. "We can't expect to advance health outcomes unless we also ensure that our policies and practices around data privacy are leading the way. We look forward to building on the success of recent releases, providing a clearer picture of the health care delivery system."
The Chief Data Officer role has impacted enterprises across the country in different fields. In a recent article for Forbes, the founder of Constellation Research, Ray Wang, said that the importance of the role of reflecting the changes in technology and the new opportunities businesses have to change their means of operation.
To help make sure that individuals in this role follow the proper procedures and lead networks down the right path, organizations should look to healthcare consulting firms for help instituting health IT policies that will streamline their own operations.