AHIMA's 8 principles of information governance

To help healthcare organizations better manage their information as a strategic asset, the American Health Information Management Association has released new guidelines on information governance.

The guidelines outline eight principles by which a healthcare organization's information should be managed:

  1. Principle of accountability: One member of the organization's leadership will be responsible for information governance.
  2. Principle of transparency: Information governance will be conducted in an open, verifiable manner.
  3. Principle of integrity: Information management will maintain the reliability of the data.
  4. Principle of protection: All information will be kept secure.  
  5. Principle of compliance: The information governance program will follow all applicable laws, standards or policies.
  6. Principle of availability: The information governance strategy will ensure data is accessible to stakeholders.
  7. Principle of retention: Information will be stored as long as necessary based on legal, financial, operational or other requirements.
  8. Principle of disposition: Any information the organization no longer needs will be disposed of in a safe and legal manner.

 

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