Health Information Governance Analysis

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The Definition and Significance of Information Governance in Healthcare
Extensive studies and survey was conducted on the importance of Information Governance (IG) by Cohasset Associates and American Health Information Management association (AHIMA). Knight, Stainbrook, Green, Kloss, and Washington (2015) agrees with the AHIMA’s definition of IG “as an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and for supporting the organization’s strategy, operations, and regulatory, legal, and environmental requirements.” This definition of IG is robust and covers all aspects of IG starting from policy creation, accountability and management of information, implementing processes, controls and the significance of investing
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Knight et al.’s (2015) whitepaper on IG Readiness and the First Benchmark Survey (AIHMA, 2013) indicates some healthcare organizations acknowledged their awareness and practice of IG to the degree required by their organization and job functions. The acceptance and use of IG within a healthcare organization is relative to the regulatory requirements and operational needs of the organization. The principles of an IG definition such as managing information, accountability policy creation, implementation of controls are practice by most organizations under the Privacy and Security Rule. The introduction of IG into a healthcare organization creates a broader picture to prepare the organization for the growth and risks associated with information technology in coming years. The expected growth of IG and the possible requirement to introduce the position of Chief Information Governance Officer (CIGO) would be considered by many as a duplication of efforts, redundant and increase in bureaucracy. The United State Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicated the seven elements of compliance program includes the…show more content…
As mentioned above, the implementation of IG means more rules, regulation and redundancy. The compliance, quality improvement and information technology department and officers of any healthcare organization should continue its functions and role and complete IG tasks as needed. According to the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (2015) Improving the information flow will require improvements to health IT usability.
How will Information Governance Redefine the Health Information Management Professions?

IG as discussed above creates redundancy if not integrated into existing departments within a healthcare organization. IG would not redefine the health information management (HIM) professions because the rules, regulatory requirements and standards for the HIM profession already exsit under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, the Health Insurance portability and Accountability Act (HIPA) of 1996, and the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and the Health Information Technology Standard, Regulations and Certification.

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