The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

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My topic covers Information Governance. I have researched several articles in Journals through online sources. I have also utilized the AHIMA website to gain additional knowledge on healthcare information governance. Information governance focuses on more than just software and hardware. Information governance focuses on the organizations policies and procedures from beginning to end. This includes creating, managing and following patient data. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) defines information governance as “an organization wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and for supporting the organization’s strategy, operations, regulatory, legal, risk, and environmental requirements.” In today’s healthcare system, it is more important than ever to know and understand how healthcare information is created, transferred and used. Due to the development of systems such as electronic health records and clinical decision support systems it is important that health information maintains its reliability and validity throughout its …show more content…

HIM professionals are well versed in laws and regulations regarding retention/destruction laws, privacy and security laws and regulations, reimbursement regulations, risk management and litigation/eDiscovery processes. According to Warner, D. (2013, December 20), “the core HIM professional domains of knowledge provide clear value-added subject matter expertise with respect to information governance program development and oversight.” The HIM professional can evaluate the organization's current policies and procedures and determine where there is an additional need for information governance. It is important to include HIM professionals when considering information governance as they can provide guidance and insight to problem areas within the

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