ARMA International, the authority on information governance, announced its support of the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) Information Governance Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC).
AHIMA has convened healthcare industry stakeholders and leaders, as well as information governance experts from other industries, to articulate the IGPHC through adaptation of ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles,” the IGPHC states in its preamble.
ARMA International leaders were also involved in the development of the IGPHC: ARMA International President Fred Pulzello, IGP, CRM, and former President Galina Datskovsky, Ph.D., CRM, were members of AHIMA’s expert advisory group that was responsible for adapting ARMA International’s Principles to fit the needs of AHIMA’s constituents.
“It makes us proud that the work of ARMA International is playing a fundamental role in information governance efforts spanning sectors and industries,” said Fred Pulzello, IGP, CRM, President of ARMA International. "Our Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles were created to be flexible, allowing them to be adapted to a specific industry environment, as well as to any organization’s unique circumstances determined by its size, sophistication, resources, and legal/regulatory environment.”
AHIMA said it drew from Gartner and ARMA International’s definitions in defining information governance as “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and supporting the organization’s strategy, operations, regulatory, legal, risk, and environmental requirements.”
The IGPHC are meant to be applied not only to healthcare information, but also to the information from all functional areas in healthcare industry organizations, according to the IGPHC. “The adoption of these principles by an organization reflects a dedication to strengthen its information governance, and increase its effectiveness for the benefit of its patients, stakeholders, and society.”