Health care organizations with ambitious plans for data analytics would be well served to create a chief data officer, reporting to the highest level in the organization, says Peter Aiken, founder of Data Blueprint, a Glen Allen, Va.-based consultancy.

A chief data officer should have clout, reporting into the same level as a CFO, CMO or Chief Risk Officer--generally to the President, COO or CEO, adds Aiken, also an associate professor of information systems at Virginia Commonwealth University. The need and value of a chief data officer is one of several steps to a successful enterprise analytics strategy that Aiken will cover during a three-hour Healthcare Analytics 101 Workshop at Health Data Management’s Healthcare Analytics Symposium & Expo, July 15-17 in Chicago.

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