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AHIMA Calls For Improved Health Information Governance

October 3, 2012

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) called for improved and unified Health Information Governance to standardize electronic health record (EHR) use to ensure the technology fulfills its promise of guiding better, more efficient patient care.
AHIMA is ready to work with healthcare industry providers, health plans, quality organizations and vendors as well as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish standards so that healthcare providers have clear principles to guide their patient documentation.
Aspects of health information governance will be addressed throughout AHIMA’s 84th annual Convention and Exhibit in Chicago. Additionally, AHIMA will bring together industry leaders to discuss data integrity at its Health Information Integrity Summit: The Quest for Safe, Usable, Quality Data in EHRs, Nov. 8-9, in Chicago. This spotlight on EHRs provides an opportunity for experts and those working in the field to discuss the latest insight and developments into an issue that affects every aspect of the healthcare system.

“Unified data governance principles will help promote accuracy and consistency and reduce ambiguity,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “AHIMA stands ready to work with HHS, CMS and other groups to establish the guidelines that will accurately and fairly represent performance and outcomes of care. Data governance and data integrity have been and will be a critical part of AHIMA’s strategic plan, and we will continue to lead the discussions and the solutions developed in this field.”

AHIMA has demonstrated consistent leadership in assuring that health information used for all purposes is accurate, complete and trustworthy. AHIMA developed a Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Coding, which established ethical expectations for health information management (HIM) and coding professionals. AHIMA’s HIM Principles of Individual, Integrity, and Protection – addressing health information has also served as the bases of the Association’s work in clinical and administrative transaction and vocabulary standards.

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