Like other critical organizational assets—people, capital, inventory, etc.—information is a strategic asset that requires high level oversight in order to be able to effectively use it for organizational decision-making, performance improvement, cost management, and risk mitigation. Complementary to the traditional approach and practices of health information management (HIM), which is bottom up, information governance ensures that information is trustworthy and actionable through alignment with organizational strategy and engagement of senior leaders and important stakeholders across the enterprise. In an increasingly connected world, this extends outside the proverbial four walls of an organization to make sure that information is available in the right place and the right time to support health and healthcare.
AHIMA is committed to advancing information governance in the healthcare industry to ensure the quality and integrity of all types of information necessary to safe, high quality, cost effective care and the improvement of the health of individuals and populations. Both information governance and information management are necessary to meet the existing and new requirements of an increasingly complex healthcare ecosystem.
Adopting an information governance (IG) program shows a healthcare organization’s commitment to managing its information as a valued strategic asset. IG serves the dual purpose of optimizing the ability to extract clinical and business value from healthcare information while simultaneously meeting compliance needs and mitigating risk. Healthcare organizations that have IG programs will have a competitive edge over others. IG contributes to safety and quality of care, population health, operational efficiency and effectiveness, and cost reduction initiatives.
Information governance (IG) is an enterprise-wide infrastructure that is embedded in a number of competency areas that HIM professionals work with on a daily basis. Some of these competencies include IT, data analytics, privacy & security, legal, regulatory and enterprise information management. The HIM professional’s training, experience, and understanding of these competencies provides a seamless transition into an IG lead role structured around an organization’s most valuable asset, information. Senior business executives are also effective key players in the progression of IG; specifically Chief Information Officers (CIO) and Chief Medical Informatics Officers (CMIO). Working in collaboration with the senior business executives and other IG stakeholders, HIM professionals can educate, inform, and lead IG initiatives that will ensure the organization’s information is trustworthy, reliable and secure throughout its entire lifecycle, from creation, use, maintenance and ultimately to its destruction or final disposition. A solid IG infrastructure will not only lead to more informed business decisions, but will also align itself with the strategic goals of the organization.
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IGHealthRate™ is aligned with AHIMA’s Information Governance Adoption Model (IGAM™), the only recognized and accepted industry focused IG model for healthcare. To learn more about AHIMA’s IGAM™, download this PDF.
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There are many reasons IG is necessary across the healthcare industry. For instance:
AHIMA's Information Governance Adoption Model (IGAM™) measures IG maturity in ten IG organizational competencies. To Learn more, visit IGHEALTHRATE.com.
Healthcare organizations face a myriad of challenges today but with the implementation of strong information governance framework organizations can overcome these challenges by helping to implement good information practices across the organization and throughout the information lifecycle. Press play on this interactive video to find out more.
The following materials and resources from AHIMA are tools that provide guidance for developing an IG framework that healthcare organizations can utilize as they either start or refine their own IG programs.
To access AHIMA’s IG resources, click here. Remember to check back often for new resources.
Information Governance Toolkit
This toolkit, available for free to AHIMA members and for purchase by non-members, provides a variety of resources for healthcare professionals who are developing an information governance initiative whether they are reviewing and trending healthcare data for a healthcare entity, reporting on quality measures in a physician’s office, managing an enterprise master patient index, or working with other operational, health, or financial information. The toolkit discusses current healthcare initiatives and programs that are increasing the demand for information governance.
Keep up with the latest on information governance as this key strategy emerges for addressing a myriad of information management challenges in healthcare. This blog will highlight the trends and opportunities IG presents for ensuring information is treated as an organizational asset.
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Find additional articles and resources in AHIMA’s BoK.
The Journal of AHIMA serves as a professional development tool for health information management professionals. The Journal keeps readers current on issues that affect the profession and contributes to the field by publishing feature and best practices articles and disseminating new health information-based knowledge.
Visit the Journal website at journal.ahima.org or read the digital edition.
IGAdvisors® provides consulting services to help organizations understand and improve trustworthiness of its information. Services are comprehensive, customizable, and will assist organizations in creating an effective IG implementation. With the help of IGAdvisors® organizations will be able to develop an enterprise wide information governance(IG) strategy, develop an organizational IG framework, provide oversight for business integration, help manage risk, security, privacy, protection, and compliance, and so much more!
Consulting services include:
For more information visit IGAdvisors.com or email IGAdvisors@ahima.org.
VIRTUAL IG BOOT CAMP
Virtual IG Boot Camps are two half-day, intense, exercised-based meetings that focus on ensuring participants are positioned for success with IG in their organization. The boot camps can be attended in the comfort of your home or office. Sessions run each day from 11a.m.–2:30 p.m. CT.
September 27-28, 2017
December 7-8, 2017
Enterprise Health Information Management and Data Governance
Merida L. Johns, PhD, RHIA
Price: $84.95 | Member Price: $69.95
This textbook provides the fundamentals, principles, and practices for managing the data asset and tackles how healthcare organizations can manage their data in this era of dramatic data explosion and growing deployment of information technologies.
Implementing Health Information Governance: Lessons from the Field
Linda Kloss, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Price: $64.95 | Member Price: $54.95
This publication outlines lessons from healthcare organizations that have already made progress in formalizing information governance and it offers tested practices for aligning governance to the organization's goals, organizing and staffing governance and enterprise management, building on what is working, and guiding incremental improvement. By learning from the achievements and challenges of these case study organizations, other entities may chart their course and plan a future-facing governance implementation strategy to improve organizational performance, compliance, and control costs.
Strategies for Electronic Document and Health Record Management
Darice Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA
Price: $84.95 | Member Price: $69.95
Product #: AB113013
e-book also available!
Strategies for Electronic Document and Health Record Management provides a professional practice guide to efficient and effective health record management in the digital age. An effective document and health record management program depends on robust forms inventory, legal health record inventory and definition, a functioning retention and destruction process, realistic productivity standards, and other factors that are described within the text.
To purchase IG publications, visit ahimastore.org.
All webinars last 60 minutes and begin at 12 noon CT. Registration for live webinars closes 24 hours before the event. After that time you can purchase a recorded version of the webinar.
August 24, 2017
Leading Information Governance (IG) – How to Take Off from HIM and Land at IG
October 24, 2017
Practical Approach to Building a Big Data Landscape: Tackling the New World of Big Data in Healthcare
Don’t worry if you’ve missed a webinar! AHIMA has a number of webinar replays pre-recorded for you to view anytime, anywhere. You will also receive 2 CEUs per webinar replay.
The Lost Art of Creativity: Driving Innovation in HIM
Aligning Quality Reporting: From MU to MACRA/MIPS
Information Governance—Learning from IG Experts in Healthcare and Beyond
Public Health, Population Health, and Big Data
Information Governance: Pilot Lessons Learned and Keys to Success
Conquering the Privacy Risk Assessment with IG Principles for Healthcare: Practical Steps for HIM Professionals
Tools for IG Program Success
Information Governance and the Amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure