The growing strategic importance of data in healthcare organizations is a key factor pushing them to pay more attention to information governance, according to results of a recent survey by the American Health Information Management Association.

Information governance is still a relatively new concept, but its importance is increasing, particularly as healthcare organizations collect more data from information systems, understand its value as a strategic asset, and seek to use it to analyze care delivery, improve clinical efforts and cost-effectively deliver care. Under AHIMA’s definition of information governance, policies are needed for use throughout an organization to manage information, protect it, and then use it to support “strategy, operations, and regulatory, legal and environmental requirements.”

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