Three things to know before you choose a data catalog.


Healthcare organizations don’t have the budget to pay for features they’ll never need—and they can’t afford to skip the things they do. Here’s how to be sure you have the most affordable, most helpful data catalog for your healthcare organization.

Once you’re ready to improve your leadership decisions—and the integrity of your healthcare data—by implementing a data catalog, you’ll need to choose the one that’s best for you.

Before you sign a contract, it’s important to know a few things:

1. Most data catalogs are expensive—and they include features you’ll never need.

Because the financial and retail industries started investing in organized, well-governed data years ago, most data catalogs on the market were originally built for their needs—which means they include a lot of features that don’t apply to your healthcare organization. Unfortunately, even if you never use them, you’ll still have to pay for those features, and that could cost your organization thousands of dollars per year.

It’s important to find a data catalog that includes everything you need and nothing you don’t—at a price point your organization can justify.

2. Most data catalogs are DIY. You’ll be on your own with the implementation.

Setting up a data catalog requires time and expertise, and if you don’t have a team of data experts who have time to focus on implementation, you may struggle to get the full value out of this investment—because most solutions are sold as software only. Without hands-on support, your team will have to do the work to install, launch, and roll it out to your organization. For the most part, you’ll have to problem-solve on your own, with very little guidance, or you’ll have to pay extra to get support when you need it.

Be sure you choose a data catalog that includes free, ongoing support and consultation from a team of data experts who understand healthcare.

3. Most data catalogs don’t include a healthcare metric hub.

We don’t have to tell you that healthcare data is more complex than most data. But you might not know that the best way to tame your data is with a healthcare metric hub. A metric hub houses all the agreed-upon definitions, caveats, exclusions, and inclusions for your metrics, and makes your data truly usable and clear. (Learn more about why you need a healthcare metric hub here.)

Unfortunately, most data catalogs don’t include a healthcare metric hub and, if they offer something similar, you’ll have to pay extra.


“Compendium’s Metric Hub makes a huge difference for us.”

— Becky Kohler, Director of Informatics and Analytics, Hennepin Healthcare


There’s only one data catalog that’s truly built for healthcare.

Compendium is the only data catalog that’s been developed by lifelong healthcare experts to solve the actual challenges today’s healthcare organizations face. The team at Compendium have worked with the other data catalogs in other healthcare settings, and they’ve experienced firsthand the frustrations of those solutions. That’s why they’re committed to delivering exactly what healthcare leaders need in a data catalog—nothing more, nothing less.

Compendium is the only data catalog that’s priced right for healthcare. It’s the only data catalog that includes unlimited free support (from healthcare data experts who speak your language). And it’s the only data catalog that includes a healthcare metric hub.

Be sure you look at Compendium before you invest in a data catalog for your healthcare team.

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