• Towards Data Governance for International Dementia Care Mapping (DCM). A Study Proposing DCM Data Management through a Data Warehousing Approach.

      Neagu, Daniel; Khalid, Shehla (University of BradfordSchool of Computing, Informatics and Media., 2011-11-18)
      Information Technology (IT) plays a vital role in improving health care systems by enhancing the quality, efficiency, safety, security, collaboration and informing decision making. Dementia, a decline in mental ability which affects memory, concentration and perception, is a key issue in health and social care, given the current context of an aging population. The quality of dementia care is noted as an international area of concern. Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) is a systematic observational framework for assessing and improving dementia care quality. DCM has been used as both a research and practice development tool internationally. However, despite the success of DCM and the annual generation of a huge amount of data on dementia care quality, it lacks a governance framework, based on modern IT solutions for data management, such a framework would provide the organisations using DCM a systematic way of storing, retrieving and comparing data over time, to monitor progress or trends in care quality. Data Governance (DG) refers to the implications of policies and accountabilities to data management in an organisation. The data management procedure includes availability, usability, quality, integrity, and security of the organisation data according to their users and requirements. This novel multidisciplinary study proposes a comprehensive solution for governing the DCM data by introducing a data management framework based on a data warehousing approach. Original contributions have been made through the design and development of a data management framework, describing the DCM international database design and DCM data warehouse architecture. These data repositories will provide the acquisition and storage solutions for DCM data. The designed DCM data warehouse facilitates various analytical applications to be applied for multidimensional analysis. Different queries are applied to demonstrate the DCM data warehouse functionality. A case study is also presented to explain the clustering technique applied to the DCM data. The performance of the DCM data governance framework is demonstrated in this case study related to data clustering results. Results are encouraging and open up discussion for further analysis.