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AHIMA 2012: Data governance is post-EHR implementation priority

This year's hot trends at AHIMA 2012 convention, and in-depth discussion of how data governance is the next task for HIM managers, IT and compliance staff.

CHICAGO -- Industries outside of health care have known for years that it's not just the records and analytics software, not to mention the regulatory compliance programs, that make their business tick. Strong data governance models and policies keep that data accurate and uncorrupted.

Health care is just starting to figure that out, said Michelle Dougherty, director of research and development for the American Health Information Managers Association (AHIMA) Foundation. Often, she added, it dawns on health care providers well after the EHR is in place. Developing and using data governance requires collaboration between IT, compliance and the HIM staff to make it work.

The silver lining? As it goes with many IT trends, health care is a few steps behind other sectors like finance and manufacturing. That means groups like AHIMA can study how they developed data governance policies and begin translating similar policies to the health care environment -- all while devising best-practice guidelines.

In this podcast, Dougherty discusses this project as well as the hot topics on the docket for the AHIMA 2012 Convention and Exhibition.

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