UNC Health Uses Data Governance to Deliver a Coordinated Response to COVID-19


UNC Health is a not-for-profit integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. Originally established Nov. 1, 1998, by N.C.G.S. 116-37, UNC Health currently comprises UNC Hospitals and its provider network, the clinical programs of the UNC School of Medicine, and 12 affiliate hospitals and hospital systems across the state.

“Having the right tools to enhance data governance really helped our health system understand the impacts of COVID-19, and provide clear and concise information to help facilitate decision-making.”

— Rachini Ahmadi-Moosavi, Executive Director of Analytical Services & Data Governance, UNC Health


Business Need

Enable self-service analytics for executives and business users

Develop a comprehensive data stewardship framework

Embrace a community analytics model



Bring awareness of patient screening results for COVID-19 and the demand for medical resource needs to aid executive decision-making

Empower employees and partners to promote UNC Health’s mission and vision by effectively managing patient and health care data as an asset

Promote data literacy, data utilization, and data quality throughout the organization


Solutions & Results

Build a new data warehouse using SAP HANA called the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health 3.0 to provide data for analytics and executive dashboards

Use Informatica Axon Data Governance, rebranded as Empower, to give users a collaborative, shared view of data assets

Catalog data assets with Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog, integrating with Empower to make cataloged data available

Delivered the first executive dashboard in a weekend, enabling the health system to begin to assess and manage resources for the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten other dashboards were released within two weeks

Empower and EDC provides support for business users to find information and metrics, ask questions about patient and health care data assets, and improve patient care and analytics maturity.

Allows data analysts, developers, and architects to view health care data to easily understand data lineage and expedite impact analysis


Products & Services

Axon Data Governance

Power collaboration, enable regulatory compliance and deliver trusted data to fuel all of your business initiatives.

Enterprise Data Catalog

Discover and inventory data assets across your organization.

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