0146 Data governance of social determinants of health; Advancing the health information professional’s role


A new health information landscape is evolving. The focus of collection, access, management and sharing of data regarding social determinants of health (SDOH) is growing, evidenced by public policy discussions and robust engagement by many industry stakeholders. The roles found within the health information profession require thought, planning and careful coordination to best govern clinical and non-clinical data. These efforts promote decision-making and improve health outcomes, public health and health inequities. This session will explore data governance challenges and opportunities associated with non-clinical organizations such as social service agencies and home and community-based organizations.



Julie Pursley, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA

Ms. Pursley serves as director of health information thought leadership for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). In this role, she leads and cultivates initiatives and content development within an organizational-wide strategic framework to promote AHIMA’s thought leadership positions. Julie is a published author, contributor, and public speaker.

In her career, Julie has worked at the intersection of health care, technology, and business; advocating for proper data usage to protect and promote integrity, accuracy, and completeness. She has served in various roles including health information manager for a large integrated healthcare delivery system, and president of a regional medical transcription service. She has experience in sales and business development for master patient index clean-ups and algorithmic optimization, and operations oversight for leading document management vendors serving the U.S. and Canada.

Julie holds a master’s degree in health informatics and a bachelor’s degree in health information administration from the University of Cincinnati. She is an adjunct professor at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and previously served on the Missouri Health Information Management Association board of directors.