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Inside AHIMA's framework for healthcare information governance

Brian Eastwood | Nov. 14, 2014
Healthcare historically struggles with information governance. That's not surprising, given how much data there is and how many disparate sources it comes from. The American Health Information Management Association hopes to change that.

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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