Information is an organization’s most valuable strategic asset. Every decision that is made at a health care organization, from patient care decisions to hiring decisions to the supplies to be ordered to acquisitions, are based on information. A health care organization cannot assume that its information is accurate and meaningful. Information must be managed in a thoughtful, standardized and holistic way, and it must be managed across the entire organization. This webinar will review the complexity of the lifecycle of information and the challenges that can cause an organization to go “off course,” creating risks, increasing costs, and affecting all business decisions, including patient care.

This presentation will reinforce the importance of information governance (IG) for health care organizations and will take the discussion beyond the definition of IG by providing examples of how HIM professionals can demonstrate the need for IG by showing operational significance across the entire organization. The lifecycle of information will be the focal point for discussions around the operational challenges and return on investment for IG practices. Participants will leave with tools and resources for building an IG program using information management practices, and will gain:

  1. An understanding of IG, what it is and why it’s important;
  2. Insight into the complex components of the lifecycle of information, including the challenges health care organizations face;
  3. An understanding of how IG concepts can be used to address these challenges; and
  4. Checklists that can be used to assess its areas of risk and actionable items.

Speaker: Ann Meehan, RHIA