Data Content and Data Dictionaries

Unit outcomes addressed in this discussion:

Differentiate between the various types of data.
Choose the appropriate field type for a data element
Make recommendations to address data quality and data integrity issues.

Course outcome addressed in this discussion:
HI150-1: Explain the characteristics of a database and the common approaches to storing/retrieving health information.
Please engage on this topic throughout the unit by posting one main response by Saturday and two reply posts by the end of the unit.
Participation Expectations:

Your main post to the discussion should contain about 100-150 words, with no more than 10% quoting, and all sources cited with a reference list in APA style.
Each reply post should contain about 50–75 words—use of APA style as needed.

This is a graded Discussion. To review the grading rubric, go to Course Resources/Grading Rubrics.
Discussion Topic:  Data Content and Data Dictionaries
Review the document “Data Content for EHR Documentation” found in your reading list and well as the You Tube™ videos listed under the Unit 2 Reading resources.

Evaluate the “Sample Data Dictionary” located in the article including all of the elements and definitions for each “data element”.
Differentiate which data elements are “text” versus “a date”? What is the difference in the format?
Recommend your own “data element” to add to the Sample Data Dictionary and complete the description indicators as provided in the table (Data Element, Variables, Descriptions, Data Type, and Format).
Can your data element have multiple definitions or formats? Is that acceptable? Why or why not?
You may wish to conduct additional research on data dictionaries including reviewing the provided resources and videos in this course.
Attempt to limit duplication of postings by reviewing student posts already provided.
Secondary posts back to fellow classmates should include your agreement and rational regarding the information provided in the student’s post.

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