AHIMA Launches Second Annual Information Governance Month

February marks the beginning of AHIMA’s Information Governance month, an annual event designed to build awareness for an increasingly valuable task for health information management (HIM) professionals.

Lori McNeil Tolley, RHIA, HIM manager at Boston Children’s Hospital, notes that given the rapid changes in healthcare delivery and technology, more health data is being created than ever before—which makes it a natural fit for HIM.

“These changes in healthcare delivery [i.e. accountable care organizations, electronic health records] challenge the HIM professional to rapidly adapt and create systems which maintain data integrity as well as implement privacy and security policies,” Tolley says. “Within our organizations, information content and data are now being created more rapidly than ever before.”

With that in mind, AHIMA’s Information Governance Week has four key objectives:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of information governance
  • Help AHIMA members understand how information governance can benefit—and be incorporated into—their organizations
  • Help HIM professionals determine what role they play in advancing information governance in their own workplaces
  • Position AHIMA as the authority and expert on all matters related to information governance


Taking Stock of IG’s Current Standing

Additionally, AHIMA is conducting the first survey on the state of information governance in healthcare. The survey, which will be done in collaboration with Cohasset Associates, will target executives at healthcare providers, health information exchanges (HIEs), insurers, and public health organizations. Findings from the survey are expected to be released in the first quarter of this year. An analysis of the findings is expected occur in March or April, and will likely result in one or more whitepapers.


AHIMA Hits the Twitter-verse

On February 20, AHIMA will be hosting a Twitter chat on information governance to facilitate a discussion about the need for information governance, how HIM professionals can start their own programs, and challenges that existing programs face. The Twitter chat will take place between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. CST on February 20. Twitter users can participate using the hashtag #IGNow.


Informational Resources, Online Communities Offer Additional Support

AHIMA members can be on the lookout for additional information governance resources in the Engage Communities; social media platforms including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook; web articles from the Journal of AHIMA; and any e-blasts and newsletters that members are subscribed to. One good place to start is an article about information governance in iHealthBeat by AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. Thomas Gordon’s piece defines information governance both within the context of healthcare and outside it, as well as highlighting reasons it’s important to HIM professionals.


Existing Resources

Several articles are available on the topic of information governance from Journal of AHIMA:


From the Journal of AHIMA website, the article series “Information Governance 101” is also available:


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