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Health Information Management

Information Governance Gaining Ground in Healthcare Organizations

October 12, 2017 - Information governance (IG) initiatives are becoming easier to find in the healthcare industry as organizations recognize that the growing volume and value of big data require a coordinated plan of attack. In a new survey released by AHIMA at the 89th Annual Exhibit & Convention, 53 percent of respondents said they have information governance programs in place or recognize the...


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