ADVANCING HEALTH INFORMATION GOVERNANCE

Health services are undergoing transformation in virtually every nation around the world. Local and national health services are redesigning care delivery and public and private health services by embracing 21st century solutions. They are facilitating greater engagement and inclusion by patients, families, and communities and ref ning approaches to funding and payment.

Information is the essential tool for transformation. Health providers, therefore, are evolving from paper-based to digital health systems. These systems support personal wellness and care; care delivery systems; and local, national, and global public health policy and improvement initiatives.

Digital health information requires focused management and governance to address new challenges and risks to data quality and integrity, data integration, conf dentiality and security, and lifecycle management. Information governance (IG) provides the authority mechanism that set forth principles and policies and approves procedures and technology for how an organization will exercise its stewardship responsibilities. Most importantly, a strong information governance program serves the needs of the consumer, patient and citizen.

To realize the full value of digital information in transforming healthcare, health information management professionals worldwide must lead the charge to improve information governance.

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