AHIMA Hosts #IGNow Information Governance Twitter Chat

AHIMA’s Twitter chat on information governance, held Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT, assembled records managers working both within and outside the healthcare industry to discuss the association’s first-ever information governance survey and white paper.

Using the Twitter hashtag #IGNow, the one-hour chat generated nearly 300 tweets and discussed some of the most surprising findings in AHIMA’s white paper “2014 Benchmarking White Paper on Information Governance in Healthcare: A Call to Adopt Information Governance Practices.” The survey and white paper were produced through a partnership with Cohasset Associates.

Twitter Chat_graphicA worrisome finding from the survey revealed that although 65 percent of respondents recognize a need for a formal information governance plan in healthcare organizations only 35 percent have one. Twitter chat participants had some theories as to why.

Responses ranged from, “We’re hearing that getting broad organizational support is tough,” to “It’s an overwhelming process to begin and undertake—and a whole new level of expertise.”

AHIMA’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Deborah Green, MBA, RHIA, who assisted in developing questions for the chat, said she was excited to see that so many chat participants were from outside of the healthcare industry. These individuals, she said, seem invested in seeing the healthcare industry tackle information governance.

Green also used the chat to highlight some of the white paper’s less-discussed findings. She noted that survey results point to the need for improvement in the deletion of eligible information, defining metrics of information, and data quality assessment with systemwide upgrades.

To see the full Twitter conversation, use Twitter’s search function and look for #IGNow to continue the conversation about information governance. Click here to download the white paper. Click here for a transcript of the Twitter chat.


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