Implementation of a data governance program—a series of standardized management practices to address the creation, use, and reporting of data—can help ensure the vast amount of data within a healthcare organization is handled with quality, accessibility, and security.
A part of information governance, data governance implementation is the focus of a newly published white paper by AHIMA and Iron Mountain titled “2018 Information Governance Adoption Model™ (IGAM) Assessing the Data Governance Competency as a Subset of Information Governance.”
The white paper outlines four of the eight maturity markers of a data governance program and provides insights and practical data governance applications recommended by AHIMA and Iron Mountain. Data governance covers the policies and strategies that address the creation of data while information governance concerns the lifecycle management of this data and information, including its use, protection, and preservation.
A recent survey of healthcare organizations using AHIMA’s IGAM™, including hospitals, physician groups, and accountable care organizations, found that most scored at a Level 2 for data governance maturity. This indicates they are aware of the benefit and the impact that data quality and data stewards have on effective use and management of data, but do not have fully implemented programs, according to findings highlighted in the white paper. AHIMA advises that organization leaders and stakeholders focus on implementation of an effective data governance program and initiatives that address the maturity markers in a systematic manner.
The IGAM™ maturity markers addressed in the white paper include:
- Establishment of a data governance program focused on guidelines for data quality and compliance
- Business process ownership to establish, among other issues, policies for controlling and granting access to data
- Effective use of data stewards to create a formal role or set of roles that include responsibility and accountability for data across the data lifecycle
- Data governance policies and procedures to establish expectations and processes for consistent data governance practice by an organization’s workforce
The white paper is free and available for download here.
Chris Dimick is editor-in-chief of the Journal of AHIMA.