Throughout the Australian healthcare sector, Health Information Mangers (HIMs) who audit data, including clinically coded data, and other health data analysts and auditors, are operating in the emerging era of ‘Big Health Data’. Regardless of volume, composition or complexity, no ‘Big Health Data’ are of value if the baseline data lack integrity and quality at the point of collection and during the analytical phases. The need for HIMs’ and others’ deep understanding of, and constant attention to, health data integrity is evident at local (hospital and health service), state (government, research, and statutory authority), and national levels. This need exists regardless of whether the data in question are client or patient personal health or administrative data, clinical data, classified (coded) diagnostic data, mortality data, performance data, aggregated population health data, or any other collection or combination thereof.
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