Data Governance - The Building Blocks for an Effective Strategy

October 25, 2016
Free for AMIA members; $50 for non-members
Adam Tobias - Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics - University of South Florida

Statement of Purpose

The rapid adoption of electronic health records (EHR) along with an increase in government regulation has resulted in a proliferation of big data sets at risk for violations of individual and institutional privacy protections. These risk issues have already been experienced by other industries, such as banking and commerce. However, the rules for who has access to what – the core of data governance – is not always well-described in the healthcare industry. Data governance structures are essential for success in a number of health IT domains, such as implementation, analytics, health information exchange, security and privacy.

The interest for researchers in biomedical informatics is amplified by the need to address additional safeguards in the ways data are stored, used, analyzed, disseminated and curated or destroyed.
This live webinar activity will consider strategies for addressing the current gaps in data governance goals and approaches in health IT.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is informatics professionals and students involved in clinical research.


  • 40-minute discussion between the presenter and the Working Group moderator
  • 20-minute discussion of questions submitted by listeners via the webinar tools.

Learning Objectives

After this live activity, the participant should be better able to: 

  • Identify the basic components of effective data governance programs in health IT environments that would contribute to ensuring appropriate behavior in the valuation, creation, storage, use, archiving and deletion of information.

Speaker Information

Adam Tobias
Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics
University of South Florida Health

Adam has been with USF Health Morsani College of Medicine for sixteen years. Having served for twelve years in the USF Health Business Office, in 2006 he joined USF Health’s data warehouse project, interpreting business rules behind the various data sets for the IS team. In 2012 Adam joined USF Health as Director, BI & Analytics. The data warehouse project has continued to move forward and expand in scope. Recently Adam and his team were tasked with expanding the data warehouse to encompass the data needs of the entire USF System.

This webinar is based on a presentation to the Association of Academic Medical Centers.

Accreditation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Completion of this activity is demonstrated by:

  • Viewing the live webinar
  • Optional submission of questions via webinar feature
  • Completion of the evaluation survey emailed at the webinar’s conclusion, and
  • Verification of attendance through the participant’s electronic report through the individual login to AMIA Central at

The physician participant will be able to generate a CME certificate through the AMIA automated system.

For a certificate of completion, contact

Commercial Support

No commercial support was received for this activity.

Disclosure Policy

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The ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
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Disclosures for This Activity

These presenters, planners, and staff who are in a position to control the content of this activity disclose that they and their life partners have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests:

Adam Tobias
Anthony Solomonides
AMIA Staff: Susanne Arnold, Pesha Rubinstein

Instructions for Claiming CME Credit

  • Login to your account at; in upper right hand corner, click on AMIA Central
  • Go to “My Events" under Membership/Activities
  • Click “Apply for Credits" for this webinar
  • Follow the instructions on the Credit Registration page. Be sure both drop-down menus say “physician”
  • To print out your certificate, go to "My CME/CE Credits" under Membership/Activities.
  • Physicians will be able to print out or save their CME certificates.
  • Other attendees: if you require a certificate of participation, please contact

Contact Info

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