Survey: Health Care Sector Lags in Information Governance Programs

May 20, 2014 in News

Health care lags behind other industries in developing and adopting information governance programs, according to a preliminary survey from the American Health Information Management Association, Health Data Management reports.

Although the full survey results will be released in coming weeks, AHIMA officials shared preliminary results on Monday at CMS’ eHealth Summit.

For the survey, AHIMA and Cohasset Associates surveyed more than 1,000 respondents between March and April. Deborah Green, AHIMA’s chief operating officer, said that respondents included health information exchanges, accountable care organizations and payers, but that acute care settings represented the majority of participants.

AHIMA officials said the survey is the first-of-its kind to examine nationwide information governance in the health care industry.

Survey Findings

The survey found that:

  • 11% of respondents said that their information governance programs were “mature”;
  • 17% said that they had mature information governance policies and procedures in place;
  • 22% said that they acknowledged a need for such programs but had not yet initiated one; and
  • 35% said that they either did not know if their organizations had such policies or said that their organization did not acknowledge a need for such policies (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 5/20).
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