Thursday, August 06, 2015

Information Governance Offers a Strategic Approach for Healthcare

Information Governance Offers a Strategic Approach for Healthcare. Lesley Kadlec, et al. Journal of AHIMA. October 2014.
     Information governance is emerging as a strategy that helps organizations achieve their goals. Successful organizations realize that information is a valuable asset and must be carefully managed throughout the information life cycle. The purpose of information governance is two-fold:
  1. Stewardship of information 
  2. Using information to achieve organization goals
The American Health Information Management Association defines information governance as: "The enterprise-wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and supporting the organization’s strategy, operations, regulatory, legal, risk and environmental requirements." Information governance is an enterprise-wide program that requires leadership and support from the organization’s executive leaders. This is vital in order to focus on assessing risks, evaluating needs, and putting together policies, procedures, and tools. Since retention and information storage is very costly to manage, it is important to manage the information effectively to eliminate redundancy and information that is no longer needed.Sustainability is the key to long term success. Good planning and vision are needed to start a program. Stakeholders need to be involved, as well as ongoing communication, training, auditing, and reporting.

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