• Carmen Santiago Martínez RHIA, MT

Information Governance

Is a strategic and disciplined approach to maximizing the value of enterprise information, while mitigating the risks associated with creating, using, and sharing information

AHIMA defines Information Governance as:

“An organization wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and for supporting the organization’s strategy, operations, regulatory, legal, risk, and environmental requirements.”

Why is important?

  • It recognizes that information is an organizational asset and as such requires high level coordination and oversight to assure accountability, integrity, appropriate preservation, and protection.

  • It is the best way for health or health-related organizations to assure that information is reliable and can be trusted to meet all of these diverse needs.

  • Serves the dual purpose of optimizing the ability to extract clinical and business value from health care information while simultaneously meeting compliance needs.

  • Contributes to safety and quality care, population health, operational efficiency and effectiveness and cost reduction initiatives.


  • Reduced costs associated with managing and finding information

  • Avoidance of costly data breaches.

  • Enhanced analytics capabilities, including those necessary coordination of care and population health management.

  • Better integration of information and its management in mergers and acquisitions.

  • More effectively meeting compliance challenges.

  • Increased workforce awareness and adherence to information policies.

  • Alignment with and support of strategic goals and competitive advantage.

Is different from Health Information Management?

  • An important distinction between Information Governance and from HIM is the focus.

  • Information Governance is enterprise or organization-wide, concerned with all organizational information—not just patient-related records, data and information.

  • Information Governance goal is create enterprise policies and standards and approaching information issues in a way that aligns with organizational strategy.

Role of HIM Professional on Information Governance

  • HIM professionals can play important leadership roles in Information Governance.

  • Information governance is embedded in a number of competency areas that HIM professionals work with on a daily basis.

  • Some of these competencies include IT, data analytics, privacy & security, legal, regulatory and enterprise information management.

  • The HIM professional’s training, experience, and understanding of these competencies provides a seamless transition into an Information Governance lead role structured around an organization’s most valuable asset, information.

  • HIM professionals can educate, inform, and lead IG initiatives that will ensure the organization’s information is trustworthy, reliable and secure throughout its entire lifecycle, from creation, use, maintenance and ultimately to its destruction or final disposition.

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