Most should aim for level three ("essential"), focusing primarily on the principles of data availability and integrity while also setting a timeline and goals for addressing the remaining principles. Upon reaching level four ("proactive"), organizations may want to consider a dedicated information governance role. It need not be a C-level role, Reeves says, "but someone needs to be in charge of it."
Information governance must continue to mature if healthcare intends to achieve the oft-cited triple aim of improving health, advancing care and reducing costs, AHIMA writes in the conclusion to its white paper. Organizations won't achieve that maturity without taking a "collaborative, interdisciplinary approach," AHIMA says.
That will take time. As noted, AHIMA's information governance maturity model remains in development. So, too, does a set of guidelines for making governance operational. However, simply understanding what information governance means helps healthcare organizations make use of their terabytes of data. That's certainly a good start.
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