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Once the project was approved, it took one year to establish the governance framework and deploy the data warehouse solution, which is known as Carolina Data Warehouse – Health (CDW-H). IBM assisted in both in the development of the governance framework (which followed the IBM Healthlink Solutions Roadmap Methodology) as well as the CDW-H implementation (which leveraged the IBM Health Integration Framework). The sidebar on the following page outlines the technology elements used to implement and run the solution.


LESSONS LEARNED: GET SENIOR MANAGEMENT BUY-IN EARLY


The complexity of UNC’s organization elevated the importance of senior management in establishing governance strategies and resolving governance issues. As such, getting them on board early was critical. “The common mistake would be to not involve senior leadership early on in a project like this.” (Spencer)


OPENING NEW DOORS FOR RESEARCH


UNC’s investment in the data warehouse solution has yielded significant hard-dollar benefits. The most prominent and direct of these is the $61 million CTSA grant that UNC received from the NIH. The magnitude of the CTSA grant represents an enthusiastic endorsement of UNC’s capability—at an institutional level—to conduct research efficiently and to get that research out to the community where it can do the most good. In that sense, the data warehouse solution has opened the door to a


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range of new research opportunities for UNC, each of which can be viewed as a small victory that might otherwise not have happened. Dr. Shannon Carson, a pulmonary specialist on the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine, exemplifi es this. His team recently got the resources to do a multimillion dollar study on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease that relies on CTSA funding as well as the wealth of patient data made accessible by the UNC data warehouse.


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