Information governance key to cyber security, data privacy

An enterprise-wide information governance (IG) program is a key component to preventing security breaches and ensuring the privacy of all information within healthcare organizations, according to an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) presentation at the National HIPAA Summit.

In her presentation, AHIMA’s Kathy Downing, senior director, information governance, MA, RHIA, CHPS, PMP said the ever-increasing frequency of electronic communications in the workplace makes IG a business imperative for healthcare organizations. Privacy and security officers are tasked with safeguarding against data breaches and protecting not only health records, but employee information and intellectual property.

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