Dr. Laura Sebastian-Coleman to Speak in the UALR Colloquium Series March 14th

Dr. Laura Sebastian-Coleman, Data Quality Architect at Optum, will give a presentation on March 14 as part of the Integrated Computing Colloquium Series sponsored by the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).  Dr. Sebastian-Coleman will discuss the challenges faced by information management practitioners as they seek to improve the quality of data. These challenges can be understood through three large categories: Language and Communication, Organizational Roles and Responsibilities, Process and Technology. The challenges, according to Dr. Sebastian-Coleman, stem from the nature of data and the ways that people conceive the data. The presentation will start at 3:00 pm at the EIT Auditorium.

Dr. Laura Sebastian-Coleman is a Data Quality Architect at Optum and also holds an appointment as an Affiliate Member of the UALR Graduate Faculty. She has worked on data quality in large healthcare data warehouses since 2003. Optum specializes in improving the performance of the health system by providing analytics, technology, and consulting services. Dr. Sebastian-Coleman has implemented data quality metrics and reporting, launched and facilitated Optum’s Data Quality Community, and contributed to data consumer training programs. She led efforts to establish data standards and managed metadata for large analytic data warehouses as well. In 2009, Dr. Sebastian-Coleman led a group of analysts from Optum and UnitedHealth Group in developing the original Data Quality Assessment Framework (DQAF) which is the basis for her book Measuring Data Quality for Ongoing Improvement (Morgan Kaufmann, 2013).

Dr. Sebastian-Coleman has been actively involved in the IAIDQ (International Association for Information and Data Quality), serving on the board of directors and delivering papers at IAIDQ conferences. She holds the IQCP designation (Information Quality Certified Professional).

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