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Data Governance in Health Information Management

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by Angela Guess

Paula Mauro of the Journal of AHIMA recently wrote, “Health information management principles that support timely, accurate and complete data collection and release are part of the key to meeting recent National Quality Strategy goals aimed at improving healthcare service delivery, patient health outcomes, and population health. The HIM professional’s role in meeting these goals is defined by their ability to combine emerging technologies with innovative processes, says Bonnie Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FHIMSS, FAHIMA, vice president of HIM Innovation at Nuance. Her October 3 session at the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit will explore why HIM professionals are ideally suited to be leaders in information governance and help ensure integrity across all types of data and stakeholders. In the below Q and A, Cassidy discusses what information governance is, what’s brought it to the forefront now, and the emerging ways that HIM professionals will be involved.”

Responding to a question on the difference between Data Governance and Data Stewardship, Cassidy responded, “I like the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics’ definition of data stewardship: ‘A responsibility, guided by principles and practices, to ensure the knowledgeable and appropriate use of data derived from individuals’ personal health information, including data collection, viewing, storage, exchange, aggregation, and analysis.’ …Data governance, or information governance, is the high-level policies or strategies that define the purpose for collecting data, ownership of data, and intended use of data. The processes, functions, standards, and technologies that enable information to be created, stored, communicated, valued, and used effectively and securely in support of the organization’s strategic goals is information governance. Accountability and responsibility flow from data governance.”

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