Case Studies Provide Inside Look at Information Governance Initiatives

As US healthcare models continue to change, information is becoming the lifeblood of the provider organization, essential for fulfilling its primary mission of providing healthcare services.

This transformation is driving the need for accurate and actionable information, causing many organizations to turn to healthcare information governance initiatives to manage and leverage an unprecedented volume of data currently being generated by electronic health IT systems.

To better understand the issues associated with information governance and how it is being implemented in healthcare, AHIMA has developed case studies based on the experiences of four healthcare organizations with active information governance programs. The aim of these case studies is to begin to answer questions on the structure and process of information governance initiatives, as well as identify some overarching goals of information governance in healthcare organizations.

The case studies have been posted to the AHIMA website’s information governance page, and detail the information governance make-up and initiatives of the following diverse healthcare systems:

In order to identify healthcare organizations with information governance initiatives, AHIMA asked members of its 2013 EHR and Physician Practice Councils whether they were employed in an organization that had undertaken an information governance initiative and whether they would be willing to participate in an interview about their organization’s efforts. Other healthcare organizations with known information governance programs were also invited to participate.

The organizations remained anonymous in the case study reports, which helped foster full disclosure on the successes and challenges of the information governance programs.

The organizations reported a variety of reasons for developing and implementing information governance initiatives. Electronic health record (EHR) system implementation was a key impetus, as organizations worked to ensure information from the EHR supported safe patient care, met the administrative and financial needs of the organization, reduced risk, and could be used for business needs such as analytics or health information exchange.

An article analyzing the full findings from AHIMA’s information governance case study project will be published in the August edition of the Journal of AHIMA.

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