Health Information Management

AHIMA releases information governance principles during 86th annual convention

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 6, 2014

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by Jaclyn Fitzgerald, Editor

The emerging role of HIM in information governance was a hot topic during general and educational sessions at the 2014 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit in San Diego September 27 through October 2. The convention coincided with the September 30 release of AHIMA’s Information Governance Principles for Healthcare™ (IGPHC).
The eight IGPHC principles aim to help healthcare professionals govern information across all areas of their organizations. Deborah Green, MBA, RHIA, AHIMA executive vice president of operations and chief operating officer, and Galina Datskovsky, PhD, CRM, consultant, facilitator and past president of ARMA International, and CEO of Covertix North America, discussed the principles during the September 30 general session. The principles include:
  • Accountability: An accountable member of senior leadership will oversee the information governance program and delegate responsibility for information management to appropriate individuals.
  • Transparency: An organization will document information governance processes and activities in an open and verifiable manner.
  • Integrity: An organization will create an information governance program so the information generated by, managed for, and provided to the organization has a reasonable and suitable guarantee of authenticity and reliability.
  • Protection: An information governance program must provide the appropriate levels of protection from breach, corruption, and loss for information that is private, confidential, secret, classified, essential to business continuity, or otherwise requires protection.
  • Compliance: An organization will create an information governance program to comply with applicable laws, regulations, standards, and organizational policies.
  • Availability: An organization will maintain information in a manner that ensures timely, accurate, and efficient retrieval.
  • Retention: An organization will maintain its information for an appropriate time, taking into account legal, regulatory, fiscal, operational, risk, and historical requirements.
  • Disposition: An organization will provide secure and appropriate disposition for information no longer required to be maintained by applicable laws and the organization’s policies.
You can find additional guidance on information governance in The Complete Guide to Healthcare Privacy and Information Security Governance,written by Phyllis A. Patrick, MBA, FACHE, CHC, and published by HCPro, a division of BLR.

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