AHIMA Releases Framework for Healthcare Data Governance

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Susan D. Hall of Fierce Health IT reports, “AHIMA has released a framework for healthcare information governance at its annual convention in San Diego, calling for commitment to managing information as a strategic asset. It’s part of AHIMA’s ongoing effort to stress the importance of information governance, which it called an “undeniable imperative” in a recent white paper. ‘We need to step up in healthcare as they’ve done in banking and retail,’ AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon recently told Hospitals & Health Networks. Future success, she said, will “boil down to who has the best data” and what’s being done with it.”

Hall continues, “Proper governance is essential to meeting patient care goals as well as ensuring regulatory compliance, the association says in outlining its Information Governance Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC). It adapted the framework from nonprofit organization ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles to address areas such as quality improvement, risk management, compliance, privacy and security.”

The framework focuses on the principles of accountability, transparency, integrity, protection, compliance, availability, retention, and disposition. Read the full framework here.

photo credit: AHIMA

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