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AHIMA Calls for Improved Governance for EHR Use Standards

October 2, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is calling for improved and unified health information governance to standardize EHR use, the non-profit advocacy organization recently announced. The group said it 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.

While discussing various elements of health information governance at its annual convention and exhibit in Chicago this week, AHIMA also announced the Health Information Integrity Summit: The Quest for Safe, Usable, Quality Data in EHRs, next month, Nov. 8-9, also in Chicago. This will 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,” AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, said in a statement. “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.”

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