AHIMA Invites Healthcare Professionals to Take Information Governance Survey

Healthcare organizations have made great strides in implementing and enforcing information governance (IG) initiatives and best practices, with AHIMA diligently working to expand IG’s reach in the industry. But it’s difficult for AHIMA to keep IG efforts going without input from the industry. To that end, AHIMA recently opened its annual IG survey to help capture the current state of information governance in healthcare and gain an understanding of IG projects that organizations are undertaking.

According to Kathy Downing, MA, RHIA, CHP, PMP, senior director of information governance at AHIMA, the purpose of this year’s survey is to:

  • Determine the level of industry awareness of information governance processes
  • Identify what projects organizations would take on with funding for information governance
  • Evaluate the current status of information governance adoption in healthcare in comparison to 2014 and 2015
  • Collect details on successes, obstacles, and opportunities in the 10 information governance competencies, developed by AHIMA as part of the IG Adoption ModelTM

 “An effective information governance program reinforces the value of information as a critical asset for healthcare transformation,” Downing said. “IG programs improve organizational performance through proactive compliance, the effective use of information, and by controlling costs. IG advances trusted information, essential for consumer engagement and for public and community health.”

The survey will be sent out to 140,000 healthcare professionals, including CIOs, CISOs, privacy officers, CFOs, CEOs, compliance officers, risk managers, and quality managers over the next three weeks, and will be accessible until May 17, 2017. The survey, which launched on April 3, is underwritten in part by Immersive.

All healthcare professions are invited to take the survey from a wide array of healthcare sectors, including insurance, health information exchange, state departments of health, physician practices, hospitals, release of information vendors, record storage vendors, and payer support.

The results of the survey will be analyzed this summer and will culminate in a white paper released in conjunction with AHIMA’s 89th Annual Convention and Exhibit this October.

Click here to take the survey. Survey participants will receive a complimentary white paper publication highlighting the survey results and analysis and a chance to win free attendance to an AHIMA Virtual IG Boot Camp.

Mary Butler is the associate editor at the Journal of AHIMA.

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