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Editor's e-Note
Over the past few years, information governance has been a point of emphasis for AHIMA. Most HIM professionals I’ve spoken with applaud the organization’s decision to highlight this vital concept.

In that regard, it was enlightening to learn about a survey AHIMA conducted to gauge the industry’s perceptions of information governance. The findings, recapped in this month’s E-News Exclusive, should give HIM professionals a clue as to what organizations are thinking in terms of gaining control of their data.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
The Pulse on Information Governance: AHIMA Survey Results
By Kristi Fahy, RHIA

In 2012, the health care industry faced growing volumes of data. In response, AHIMA recognized the need for information governance (IG) as a strategic initiative to help meet the industry’s ever-changing demands and challenges. Since then, our team has worked to help raise awareness and to increase IG adoption.

AHIMA has worked closely with partners to develop three IG white papers, including the recently released “The Pulse on Information Governance in Healthcare,” which addresses IG survey results from a 2017 partnership with Immersive Healthcare. The white paper takes a deep dive into the survey results, which captured responses from more than 1,500 respondents from all health care verticals. A key objective of this survey was to measure the level of IG adoption in responding organizations to reflect a sample of the health care industry. The survey aimed to determine the following:
  • the health care industry’s current knowledge of IG;
  • familiarity of responding professionals with AHIMA’s IG Adoption Model, or IGAM, competencies;
  • respondent views on drivers for IG;
  • barriers to IG progress;
  • progress in IG made by adopting organizations; and
  • project priorities for IG.
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