AHIMA defines information governance (IG) as “an organization wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and for supporting the organization’s strategy, operations, regulatory, legal, risk, and environmental requirements.”
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. IG 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 IG 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 IG and information management are necessary to meet the existing and new requirements of an increasingly complex healthcare ecosystem.
Organizations across healthcare are utilizing AHIMA’s five (5) level Information Governance Adoption Model™ (IGAM™) for healthcare to assess and improve their IG posture and processes. IGAM™ is built using leading practices in IG and the AHIMA-developed organizational IG competencies, and incorporates more than 85 maturity markers or indicators of maturity in IG practices. These markers enable identification of maturity level, based on a five-level model across all 10 competencies.
Use IGHealthRate™, an industry best practice tool for assessing information governance (IG) maturity within your organization and benchmark against others. IGHealthRate™ assists in your organizational efforts to improve patient outcomes, compliance and security risk mitigation, better informed decision making, leveraging clinical, financial and administrative information and streamlining business processes. IGHealthRate™ is a critical tool in supporting IG programs from startups to existing or mature IG programs to maintain a progressive improvement infrastructure.
IGHealthRate™ is aligned with AHIMA’s Information Governance Adoption Model (IGAM™), the only recognized and accepted industry focused IG model for healthcare.
There are many reasons IG is necessary across the healthcare industry. For instance:
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.
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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.
Read the IG Blog
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® leads the healthcare industry in expert IG strategy and implementation. With IGAdvisors’® consulting services, organizations can understand and improve the trustworthiness of its information while developing a successful framework for enterprise-wide IG.
IGHealthRate™ is the healthcare industry standard tool for assessing information governance maturity aligned with AHIMA’s Information Governance Adoption Model (IGAM™).
IGHealthRate™ creates a pathway of progressive performance criteria to guide an organization toward achievement of IGAM™ Level 5 maturity. This strategic tool allows an organization to assess and evaluate how information is utilized, maintained, and protected.
IG ANALYSIS AND STRATEGY
Utilizing IGHealthRate™, IGAdvisors® will provide an assessment and analysis of your organization’s current IG practices, followed by a detailed strategy addressing areas of focus.
IG PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
Project management services are performed by experienced IG consultants in support of an organization’s road map towards enterprise-wide IG implementation. Services include an assessment of IG readiness with IGHealthRate™, gap analysis, and coaching, followed by the coordination and implementation of an organization-specific project plan, including competencies, target maturity scores, responsible departments/individuals, timelines, and priorities.
CUSTOMIZED ON-SITE/VIRTUAL TRAINING
Customized training based on AHIMA’s Information Governance Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC™), which includes awareness and education for all levels of the organization from governing bodies to business partners.
IGAM™ LEVEL 4 AND 5 VALIDATION
The IGAdvisors® expert consulting team will conduct a comprehensive validation of your IG program to confirm that the 10 IG Healthcare competencies have reached the highest level of maturity, based on AHIMA’s Information Governance Adoption Model (IGAM™) and IG Principles. Organizations that have successfully implemented an enterprise-wide IG strategy, are committed to ensuring a high degree of data integrity while utilizing trusted information in decision making and patient outcomes.