This week’s massive tornado in Oklahoma has affected so many people – my family included. Growing up in Nebraska, I am not shocked to see a tornado at least a few times each year, and know what to do when severe weather threatens. However, as I was reviewing some IDF’s in Therap this morning, it brought to mind the importance of having good, quality data that can be accessed whenever something happens. Many people remember (and still have) the big massive notebooks with all individual information. As we move to Therap, we need to remember that the information in Therap is just as important, if not more important, than the information in physical form. Therap should be the system of record, and information should be as complete and accurate as possible. As I looked at some IDF’s this morning that contained only the name and birthdate, it brought concern that in an emergency situation, their Emergency Data Form would be useless. Being a type 1 diabetic myself, I can’t imagine what would happen to me if no one had my information and I was unable to speak.
My past couple of weeks have been filled with solving Therap mysteries and making people laugh – although not always at the same time! I am a purveyor of all things data – in other words, a data geek. I also have many years of testing and ensuring quality in software (along with programming), so I find joy in figuring out the intricacies and quirks of Therap. Two weeks ago was a data question, where we couldn’t figure out how a count was being generated. Sometimes I feel like an investigator, although data may not nearly be as interesting as crime. My department spends a lot of time verifying data, so we get into the trenches with all the raw data (thank goodness raw data is not smelly!), and determine how calculations are being done.
Sometimes our mysteries are not related to data, as was the case for the past day. Luckily today, with some help from my cohorts, I was able to replicate the issue and notify Therap. Whew!
I think that humor is necessary in life, and today was no exception. My email subject line today (unwittingly): “Tricks for Discharged/Deceased Individuals”. Nothing like teaching old dogs new tricks to make someone smile!
Some of the other funny subject lines I have received:
- dummy at work here (at least the dummy is working)
- Innervate (innervations) (huh???)
- IT learning to share (Who knew they could share?)
- Happy National Chip and Dip Day!!!
- Bugzilla is Down (Note: how do you report a bug on a bug system when the system is down?)
- another ‘dumb’ question
- Where’s Waldo?
- First-name does data (it had a name in there, and it wasn’t me!)