JUNE 2, 2014

SURVEY FINDS MOST HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS LACKING VITAL INFORMATION GOVERNANCE STRATEGY

A white paper, "2014 Benchmarking White Paper on Information Governance in Healthcare: A Call to Adopt Information Governance Practices," released today by AHIMA and Cohasset Associates, Inc., details the findings of the first major survey of information governance (IG) practices in healthcare, and offers a roadmap for establishing steps organizations should take to govern their health and business information.

Key findings of the benchmarking survey include:

  • Only 35 percent of organizations have a comprehensive strategy guiding IG efforts
  • 65 percent lack a strategy for IG, below what AHIMA experts say is warranted given the importance of quality health information in reimbursement, audits, and effective care delivery
  • Most organizations have IG programs for certain healthcare functions, like privacy and security policies, but the majority had not established an organization-wide information governance program

The white paper calls IG "an undeniable healthcare imperative." AHIMA recommends that organizations prepare for IG with programs that are cross-functional with senior-level support. The focus should be not be solely on governance of clinical information, but on non-clinical, business, and operations information as well.

Access the White Paper

The industry can access the white paper online starting today. Additional analysis can be found at the Journal of AHIMA website.


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