The proliferation and availability of health data and their potential to dramatically shift the quality of care given to patients illustrates the vital role information governance plays in the future of healthcare.
At the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) 85th Annual Convention and Exhibit in Atlanta Oct. 26-30, healthcare leaders will address approaches to how data are captured, collected and managed and will outline steps for ensuring the integrity of health information, opportunities and challenges facing the industry, and the value of sound health information management principles and practices.
“The vast amount of health data that are being collected bring the potential to really revolutionize the way care is delivered and improve patient quality outcomes,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, CAE, FAHIMA. “But this potential can only be realized if the data are accurate, timely, complete and of the highest integrity. HIM professionals play a critical role in assuring the availability and appropriate accessibility of high quality, usable, and understandable data. HIM professionals recognize, support, and implement the value and benefits of health information and governance strategies. We understand that an organization’s information is an increasingly vital asset to its business, administrative and clinical operations. As a vital asset, information must be governed.”
Noting in her presentation that 90 percent of the world’s data was created in the last two years and is predicted to grow by a factor of 50, Pamela Lane, MS, RHIA, CPHIMS, deputy secretary for Health Information Exchange and the director of the California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) will identify several ways increases in data will improve healthcare.
Lane’s co-presenter for “How Big is Big Data?,” is Karen Boruff, CPHIT, CPC, project manager at Hubbert Systems Consulting.
Examples of how data will improve healthcare include supporting research by identifying health trends across large populations; empowering patients by providing them with accurate, up-to-date information; and reducing provider costs and increasing efficiency.
An example is the work the CalOHII is doing to advance electronic health information exchange. This will ensure patient information is available when and where it is needed for care, while ensuring data are protected and exchanged under strict privacy and security standards.
“By advancing the interoperability and integrity of health data, we’re able to use the information to influence positive health outcomes,” Lane said. “So it’s no longer just about preventing illness, it’s about promoting wellness through patient access to information.”
As data collection from electronic health records (EHRs) and other sources continues to grow and the demand for quality health information increases, HIM professionals are at the forefront of initiatives to ensure the security, access and integrity of health information. In her presentation, “The Effects of the Changing Healthcare Landscape in Your Organization,” Diana Warner, MS, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA, director of HIM Practice Excellence at AHIMA, will address best practices for information governance.
“Now is the time for HIM professionals to lead,” Warner said. “The skills HIM professionals bring to the table are essential in reshaping and driving change within organizations.”
A presentation by Linda Kloss, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, principal, Kloss Strategic Advisors, and Karen Lawler, MPS, RHIS, CHPS, FABC, director, HIM department and privacy officer, Stamford Hospital titled, “Health Information Management in 2016: Guiding Principles and a Governance Framework for a Digital Age,” also examines trends in the changing HIM landscape and offers a model for enterprise information management that builds on the principles of information governance.
In addition to presenting at AHIMA’s Convention, AHIMA will illustrate the expanding role of HIM professionals in meeting the complex demands for health information at ARMA’s 58th Annual Conference and Expo on Oct. 29. AHIMA’s Lesley Kadlec, MA, RHIA, director of HIM Practice Excellence will present “The State of Information Governance in Healthcare.”
“With the implementation of EHRs and advancement of technologies such as mobile devices, it’s essential that HIM professionals manage the data and ensure interoperability for the seamless exchange of information,” Kadlec said. “It’s an important and exciting time to be part of health information management.”