Podcast: Data Lifecycle Action Steps


Thinking of archiving your legacy patient data? Read the summary below or listen to the full podcast with Harmony Healthcare IT’s own Jim Hammer, SVP, as he discusses the six phases of the data lifecycle and how each step can ensure your records are properly stored for years to come.


Whether you are an individual practitioner, part of a large integrated delivery network (IDN), or someplace in between, the healthcare data lifecycle likely is on your radar. There is a lot to think about these days as compliance regulations continue to advance, data volumes continue to multiply, real-time patient access to their records is a priority and mergers and acquisitions require system replacements.

Behind every scenario is a need for a secure plan for legacy data.

Recently, Jim Hammer, SVP at Harmony Healthcare IT, participated in an interview about legacy data management best practices and 21st century Cures Act compliance, hosted by Jim Tate of The Tate Chronicles, broadcast through Healthcare NOW Radio. To listen to the podcast, click here.


In this episode, Jim Hammer shares the six phases of the data lifecycle, and importantly, how each step is essential to ensure effective health data management of clinical, financial, human resource and other business records that need to be saved minimally for 7-10 years and sometimes indefinitely, depending on the type of record.

Hammer describes how the Harmony Healthcare IT team works with small ambulatory to large health systems to support the solutions needed across the entire data lifecycle that includes:

  1. Consultation
  2. Extraction
  3. Migration
  4. Retention
  5. Integration
  6. Destruction

As the 21st Century Cures Act deadlines add another layer of compliance regulations to data management, there are action steps to take, if you haven’t already, to make sure your organization is ready and able to support the interoperability of medical information between providers, payers and patients.

As a full-service data management partner, Harmony Healthcare IT makes legacy patient, employee and business records accessible, usable, secure and compliant. Since 2006, our team of experts has extracted, converted, migrated and retained records from over 500 different clinical, financial and administrative software brands.

We have earned industry recognition for data archiving, extraction and migration as well as being named to the Best Places to Work in Indiana and to the Best Places to Work in Healthcare.

We hope you find listening to the podcast helpful.

When you are ready to talk, let’s connect.


Aug 02 2021

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