AHIMA Issues Health Care Information Governance Framework

October 3, 2014 in News

This week, the American Health Information Management Association released a framework to help health care organizations improve information governance, Health Data Management reports (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 9/30).

Framework Details

The framework, called the Information Governance Principles for Healthcare, is comprised of eight guiding principles to help create successful information governance programs (AHIMA framework, 2014). The principles were adapted from ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Record Keeping Principles and altered to fit the needs of health care networks (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation Technology, 10/1).

According to the report, information governance refers to the proper management, compliance and control of health data within individual organizations (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 10/1).

The eight principles for information governance programs are:

  • Accountability, appointing an accountable member in a leadership position to oversee the program;
  • Availability — Ensuring that information can be quickly and accurately retrieved;
  • Compliance — Designing the program to comply with any applicable laws and regulations;
  • Disposition — Securely disposing of data that are no longer necessary;
  • Integrity — Managing all information in a way that guarantees reliability;
  • Protection — Implementing protections from breach, corruption and loss of information;
  • Retention — Ensuring data are kept for certain periods of time, depending on legal and regulatory requirements; and
  • Transparency — Publicly documenting all information governance processes and actions in a verifiable way (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 10/1).
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