Always remember, IG is about information and HIM professionals are the healthcare “information experts.”
Preparing for a disaster isn’t a matter of “if,” but rather a matter of “when.” The “big one” WILL happen and it will more than likely impact health information management and other operations.
Essentially, a data dictionary is a tool that provides the communication structure in a way that technical and operational teams can more easily meet the daily operational needs of the organization.
Many of the actions identified in the GAO report are related to critical actions needed within healthcare organizations that fall under the purview of information governance.
Although this report was focused on federal agencies and critical infrastructures, there are lessons that can be directly applied in healthcare as we continue to advance information governance practices to strengthen privacy and security practices in our organizations.
Anthem has recently agreed to pay $16 million to OCR for a breach that affected almost 79 million people—merely the beginning of the costs associated with recovering from a breach of this magnitude. The hackers are winning the game; current information and security approaches just aren’t cutting it and healthcare organizations are no doubt at risk.