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Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-08-07

Friday, August 7th, 2009

[Post from Infoglide] Applying Identity Resolution to Patient Identification Integrity

The recently passed economic stimulus plan included $20 billion to encourage adoption of electronic health records by medical facilities across the U.S., spurring a huge amount of activity in the health care world. A key issue in EMR implementation is the integrity of the patient identification process used in creating an enterprise master patient index (EMPI).

KELOLAND.com: Keeping An Eye On The Highways

“South Dakota troopers receive alerts about fugitives and people of interest that may be in the state on a regular basis through a place called the National Fusion Center Network. It’s a Department of Homeland Security agency that funnels information to law enforcement agencies in every state. ‘The information sharing is something that improved after 9/11. I think this is a case where the information sharing paid off,’ Lt. Welsh said.”

HealthData Management: When Will EHR Spending Ramp Up?

“‘The steady drumbeat of inevitability is changing the debate from not ‘if’ we’ll get an electronic health record but ‘when’,’ says Eric Brown, research director at Forrester Research Inc., Cambridge, Mass. ‘There’s a tipping point at which we’ll see big growth, but we’re not there yet.’”

YouTube: Bruce Schneier on Secure Flight

Noted security expert Bruce Schneier discusses how TSA’s Secure Flight program has evolved

Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-08-03

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

By the Infoglide Team

Liliendahl on Data Quality: Master Data meets the Customer

“When doing business online with multi national customers then take care that the sequence, formats and labels are useful to everyone and that mandatory checks and other validations are in line with rules for the country in question. External reference data may be used for lookup and validation integrated in the registration forms.”

FBI Charlotte: Seven Charged with Terrorism Violations in North Carolina

“‘The cooperation between federal, state and local authorities throughout this investigation has been outstanding. It is only with our ongoing law enforcement partnership through the Joint Terrorism Task Force in conjunction with North Carolina’s fusion center, ISAAC, that we are able to ensure public safety from these terrorist threats,’ said North Carolina State State Bureau of Investigation Director Robin P. Pendergraft.”

yourwestvalley.com: Town hall sheds light on electronic records

“Personal health records are confidential, electronic tools that manage health information and compile it in one location for access by health-care providers or family members. Advocates said the benefits include keeping track of all medication, medical conditions and emergency contact information so medical personnel can provide safe treatment during an emergency or appointments.”

YouTube: Secure Flight PSA

TSA recently released a public service announcement about the Secure Flight program.

Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-07-31

Friday, July 31st, 2009

[Post from Infoglide] Data Finds Data in Real-Time Entity Resolution

“Jeff Jonas of IBM recently quoted from a chapter called “Data Finds Data”  that he co-wrote for a book entitled Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions, and I was impressed by how well this passage describes the effective use of entity resolution software (e.g., IRE 2.2)…”

IT-Director.com: GRC is not enough

[Philip Howard]”If you think about these different forms of risk, they can mostly be managed within existing GRC frameworks: business risk, data and IT governance and compliance cover five of these seven types of risk. But they don’t cover fraud or cyber attacks or similar security issues.”

SunSentinel.com: Roofer ducked $400,000 in worker’s comp premiums

“Investigators with the state’s Division of Insurance Fraud said Robert McDonald, owner of Gulfstream Roofing Inc., funneled $3 million in payroll through several fake companies between 2002 and 2006, claiming the money was being paid to insured subcontractors instead of his own workers.”

BNET Healthcare: What Can US Learn From European Health IT Experience?

“The three countries also use universal patient identification numbers in health care. This is much easier to do in Europe than it is in the U.S., where the mistrust of government is so high that the issue of having a single patient identifier number is no longer even under discussion. There’s also the small matter of our low EHR adoption rate, which is less than 20 percent for physicians and lower for hospitals. By contrast, most physicians in the three European countries are using some kind of EHR.”

Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-07-27

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By the Infoglide Team

information management: Multidomain Master Data Management for Business Success

“All data that flows through an enterprise can be categorized into six different types: who, what, when, where, how and why. Master data is about who, what, when and where. ‘Who’ data is about the parties of interest that matter most to a business or organization including stakeholders, benefactors, customers, suppliers, owners, providers, partners, etc.”

HSToday: DHS Highlights Intelligence Improvements in Report Marking 9/11 Report Anniversary

“To date, 72 fusion centers have been designated throughout the country, with DHS having provided more than $340 million from fiscal years 2004-2009 to state and local governments to support these centers. DHS also deployed the Homeland Security Data Network to 29 fusion centers, which allows the federal government to share information and intelligence with states and provides fusion center staff access to the most current terrorism-related information.”

The Healthcare IT Guy: Guest Article: Why Doctors Hate Electronic Medical Records

“The fact is that doctors love high-tech. They have reason to hate EMRs but not computers and iPhones.”

DecisionStats: Interview Jim Harris Data Quality Expert OCDQ Blog

Jim Harris - ‘I know that Gartner has reported that 25% of critical data within large businesses is somehow inaccurate or incomplete and that 50% of implementations fail due to lack of attention to data quality issues.’”

Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-07-24

Friday, July 24th, 2009

[Post from Infoglide] Entity Resolution as Data Mining

“In my last post, I suggested that entity resolution in the broadest sense (“Big ER”) really encompasses three activities.  The first is locating and collecting entity references from unstructured sources (entity extraction), the second is resolving and merging references to the same entity (“Little ER”), and the third is analyzing associations among entities.  Not every ER process involves all three activities.”

BeyeNETWORK: Some Perspectives on Quality

[Bill Inmon] “There are then very legitimate circumstances where incorrect data is best left in the database or data warehouse. Stated differently, there is no circumstance where correcting data or not correcting data is the right thing to do. In order to determine which approach is proper, the context of the corrections has to be known. Only then can it be determined whether correcting errors is the proper thing to do.”

Homeland Security Watch: How To Improve Homeland Security: Give the ODNI Oversight Responsibility for Fusion Centers

“To me, fusion centers are a fine example of Darwinian logic in homeland security.  There was no comprehensive national plan to create fusion centers.  In original intent, Founding-Fathers-federalism fashion, states and cities decided they were not getting the intelligence they wanted.  Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, New York and a handful of other jurisdictions took responsibility for processing - or “fusing” - their own intelligence.”

ITBusinessEdge: Master Data Management and the CIO’s Strategic Plan

“If we look at MDM as a collection of techniques providing enterprise-wide data requirements analysis and subsequent implementation of best practices in data management, then the savvy IT manager might cherry-pick from the tools offered by vendors to provide the optimal solution that unifies the view of critical data concepts while satisfying the data quality requirements imposed by a horizontal information solution.”

I, Cringely: Medical Records R Us

“So medical records are an area where IT could make us healthier and, if done correctly, ought to save lots of money, too.  What we need is some form of centralized medical record keeping that preserves patient privacy yet, at the same time, keeps us from shopping all over town for bogus Oxycontin prescriptions.”

Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-07-10

Friday, July 10th, 2009

[Post from Infoglide] What’s the Data Quality Business Message?

“What’s it going to take to move the data quality space forward in the future? That’s the question recently addressed by Ted Friedman of Gartner as reported in an article in destinationCRM.com. He suggests that the real answer may be messaging.”

CiOZone: Master Data Management Ready For Prime Time

“As with many application areas, Microsoft’s sweeping move into MDM signals a mainstreaming of the field, according to Aaron Zornes, founder and chief research officer of the The MDM Institute, Burlingame, Calif. ‘As a practice, MDM has been going on in some industries since 1980s, but it’s only been formalized with a growing, purpose-built vendor base in recent years,’ he says. ‘In the time since the institute was founded in 2004, the industry has matured considerably.’”

data quality PRO: Data Quality Blog Roundup - June 2009 Edition

“Another marked increase in online publishing this month for the data quality sector. A smattering of new entrants means there is a steady flow of fresh ideas and insight in this months blog roundup.”

Government Security News: OPINION / Analyzing intelligence data: Matching information in foreign languages

“While the challenge is great, there is technology specifically designed to “connect the dots” among persons, places and things of interest. Called “entity resolution,” this technology is coming into the mainstream, specifically in light of the growing urgency to track down terrorists and stop terrorist threats before they happen.”

Life as a Healthcare CIO: International EHR Adoption

“The most widely implemented are England, Denmark, Netherlands, and certain regions of Spain which are close to 100%. Sweden, Norway are at 80% and behind and Germany/France are at 50%. The US is somewhere between 2 and 20%, depending on how you classify a comprehensive EHR.”

Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-06-30

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

By the Infoglide Team

Francine Hardaway’s Blog: Are There Economies of Scale in Medicine?

“The efficiencies come when a group of physicians are all responsible for a patient’s continuity of care, and when they share information such as that possible with electronic health records (EHRs).”

Insurance & Financial Advisor: Poizner, industry oppose California downgrading of insurance fraud felonies

“‘Reclassifying 73 crimes including ‘false insurance claims’ is a disservice to the consumers and businesses in the state of California,” the letter said. “In addition, taking the power out of the hands of the public prosecutor to charge someone with a felony crime will have a serious impact on public safety.’”

BAM INTEL: A Growing Trend - Fusion Centers Connect Private and Public Sector Thinking

“The private sector owns about 80% of all critical infrastructure, and a communication disconnect could result catastrophically in a disaster scenario.”

Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-06-27

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

[Post from Infoglide] The Real Test of Identity Resolution

“So the title ‘Catching Terrorists and Making the World a Safer Place’ certainly caught my eye! And the content of the post did not disappoint, as the author Chris Boorman of Informatica did a great job of crystallizing the issue that drove the creation of this blog over two years ago: ‘So how do we balance the freedom of movement we have come to expect as hard-working citizens with the need to spot terrorists?’”

[Post from Infoglide] Identity Resolution Daily on Twitter

“At Identity Resolution Daily, we often come across interesting tidbits about entity resolution, and now we can share them in real time. Just add our ID - @IDResolution - to your twitter sources. Happy tweeting!”

GreenvilleOnline.com: Consumers may see insurance rates rise

“According to Love, the average family spends about $1,000 more per year as a result of insurance fraud. That’s felt in higher insurance premiums, taxes, and the cost of goods and services, she said.”

Ezine: Fraud Alert - Lottery Retailers Win More Than Their Customers Do

California Lottery did an undercover sting where they brought, what they knew to be, a winning lottery ticket to a retailer to have it verified. They caught many retailers on hidden camera telling them that the winning ticket was a loser and, subsequently, went on to claim the money themselves. On top of that, a statistician studied big wins of lottery retailers in Ontario, Canada and found that retailers won big jackpots a lot more than you would statistically expect them too.”

data quality pro: Rethinking Data Quality: The Need for a Data Quality Profession

“Processes, projects, products – each of these contributes to the efforts to improve data quality. But they haven’t solved the problems individually or collectively. To really make substantial and sustainable differences in the quality of data we need to take a different approach. We need to think of data quality as a profession.”


Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-06-22

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

By the Infoglide Team

intelligent enterprise: They Better Get This MDM Program Right

“As reported in The New York Times and on the TSA Web site, the Secure Flight program will improve upon current practices in matching passenger identities to watch lists in many ways. At first glance, this appears to be a well thought-out program that conforms to several basic tenets of Master Data Management (in bold below), in this case for the ‘Customer’ entity.”

EHRWMS: Georgia’s Best EMR Used By Three of Top Ten Pediatricians

“Of approximately 100 respondents, 28 used an EMR, of which 40% used the EncounterPRO Pediatric EMR. There were only three other EMRs used more than once, and they were used by only 10%, 7%, and 7% of the survey respondents respectively.”

Government Executive: Enforcement agencies boost cooperation on drug investigations

“In addition, ICE agents for the first time will fully participate in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center. The center allows participating federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including DEA and the FBI, to share information and analytical resources to enhance their overall investigative capacity.”

SmartData Collective: The Data-Information Continuum

“Data could be considered a constant while information is a variable that redefines data for each specific use. Data is not truly a constant since it is constantly changing. However, information is still derived from data and many different derivations can be performed while data is in the same state (i.e. before it changes again).”

Identity Resolution Daily Links 2009-06-19

Friday, June 19th, 2009

[Post from Infoglide] Speaking of Narrative Fallacy

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable uses “narrative fallacy” to describe how we humans tend to enhance ex post facto our ability to predict events that in fact are extremely complex and random. A recent post on Netrics HD attempts to leverage this argument to demonstrate the superiority of “Machine Learning” (i.e. probabilistic analysis) over “data matching” (i.e. deterministic analysis).

advance: Security and Privacy Challenges to EHR Adoption

“Lest we forget, our country is trying to establish similar capabilities with the widespread initiative to implement electronic health records (EHRs). My health history should travel with me — just as easily as my financial information. With some sort of authentication process, a “core” set of data should be easily available to assist in my receipt of health services.”

New York Times: Flying? Don’t Book Under a Nickname

“The government’s aim is to streamline the process of checking travelers’ names against its watch lists — a task currently handled separately by each airline — and to collect more detailed information so passengers with names similar to those on the watch list are less likely to be mistakenly detained. Asking for a birth date, for instance, decreases the likelihood that a child with a name close to one on the list would be subject to an additional search — one example of a false match that has led to complaints.”

Integrated Solutions for Retailers: Organized Retail Crime: Scope, Solutions

“Popular targets of organized retail crime rings include Crest Whitestrips, Rogaine, Similac baby formula, razor blades, and pregnancy tests. Having not been stored or managed properly, these items can pose serious health risks for innocent shoppers looking for a good bargain. And, because most of these items are sold “new in box,” well-meaning consumers are unaware that what they purchased may be spoiled or expired  —  and stolen.”


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