Our Professional Responsibility to Lead in Information Governance

By: In: Healthcare On: Jul 17, 2015

The 2nd blog in the Healthcare Information Governance Predictions & Perspectives blog series. This blog series is focused on Health IG Professional Readiness.  

The healthcare industry has declared: information governance (IG) is a business imperative! As a result, challenges and opportunities abound for the many healthcare professionals, regardless of their role and position, whose responsibility is to execute on this declaration. Every healthcare professional requires, makes use of, and is impacted by information. While only a few may currently possess or identify with an IG-specific position or title, advancing information governance is, nonetheless, the responsibility of many.

Information governance in healthcare organizations requires the leadership of IG professionals dedicated to the endeavor. Additionally, an oversight body to guide and encourage them will facilitate the efforts.

Professionals responsible for information governance must develop the skills and competencies that enable their success in this dynamic and evolving role. Healthcare professionals are well-positioned to market themselves as the IG transition progresses. Despite the fact that they may be viewed as performing a certain role, they can highlight their skills to be viewed as ideal for a new or broader enterprise role:

  • Healthcare professionals responsible for information governance must demonstrate the skills and competencies that will enable their success in this dynamic and evolving role. As they work to move IG forward, their efforts must address an information-intensive, multi-faceted environment.
  • IG advancement requires interdisciplinary coordination, cross-functional team building, and project management. This work provides the healthcare professional a platform to demonstrate their versatility across the organization – putting a spotlight on their value.
  • Communication is a crucial component of the healthcare professionals’ skill and competency toolset as they engage with, participate on, or establish and lead IG. Effective, well-honed and practiced communication skills are essential as healthcare professionals train and educate colleagues on IG principles, lead IG oversight bodies, and persuade and influence others to participate in the IG efforts.
  • Leadership competencies are crucial in all transition efforts. This is particularly essential as healthcare professionals work to advance IG. Relationships must be nurtured, with collaboration at the forefront. Further, those who advocate for IG must assure that their efforts align with and support organizational business objectives.

In the final analysis, training and education play a pivotal role in the preparedness of healthcare professionals; this readiness will contribute to professional development, and ultimately, to job satisfaction.

Join our Twitter Chat: Healthcare IG Professional Readiness: Predictions and Perspectives #InfoTalk

On July 29th at 10:00am PT/1:00 pm ET, @IronMtnHealth is hosting a Twitter chat using #InfoTalk to further the dialog. If you have been involved in governance-related projects, we’d love to have you join. Topics include how   your organizations’ IG oversight body is utilizing the principles of IG; the IG disciplines that comprise your job responsibilities, and the tactics you are using to strengthen IG-related skills? Join in to keep the conversation going.

Hear more voices from the thought leaders of the healthcare industry by reading the rest of the blogs in this series: Health IG Professional Readiness.

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About the author

Karen S. Knight, CCEP

Ms. Knight is a Senior Consultant with Cohasset Associates. Her experience as a Chief Compliance Officer for over 20 years informs her consulting engagements. Ms. Knight’s design of compliant and sustainable Information Governance Programs includes policies and standards, legal hold processes, retention schedules, training and education, and technology enablers. Mitigating the regulatory and legal risks of governing information, Ms. Knight integrates and aligns records management and information governance disciplines, addressing privacy, information security, contract and procurement, and data breach prevention.