Information Governance is, at its simplest, the ongoing management strategy for information at an organization. As basic as that sounds, effective data management incorporates the integration of data analytics, cybersecurity, privacy/compliance regulations, and physical/digital records management. Ultimately, information governance is about implementing standardized procedures alongside technology to maximize the effective use of information while simultaneously reducing the risk and cost associated with managing it.
Information governance considers every part of the data lifecycle including the collection, organization, use, and security of data. There are many technologies that support an information governance strategy, but one of the most important is an organization-wide application that employees can use to access data efficiently and securely. Controlling the flow of data across your organization is vital in keeping it secure and making it accessible. In addition to a secure repository and electronic document management system, implementing clear records handling procedures keeps everything running smoothly.
Developing a good information governance strategy can be a heavy lift for many companies, but its value cannot be overstated. The healthcare industry provides a great case study for the importance of information management. Healthcare professionals must follow HIPAA regulations and having a good information governance system in place makes compliance with those regulations easier. This includes making sure that patient information is securely stored, only accessible to authorized employees, and easily recalled in the event of an emergency. When healthcare information management (HIM) is done well it directly affects patient outcomes ensuring that care providers can make more informed diagnoses and that billing is accurate and claims processing proceeds efficiently.
Information Governance benefits aren’t exclusive to the Healthcare Industry. Business data is a valuable, money-generating asset and companies are quickly realizing that information governance is a key part of leveraging that potential.
“What does Information Governance include?”
The data that falls under information governance will depend on the specific needs of your organization or industry. Here are some examples of steps that can be included in setting up an information governance program:
Information Governance Plans will vary depending on your organization, but what is important is getting a system in place to organize and control relevant data, safeguard information integrity, and ensure your organization’s compliance with regulatory law. If you are interested in learning in more detail about Compliance and Governance go to the website for the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council (CGOC).
DOMA can provide your organization with the tools you need to better manage your information. If you have paper files that need to be converted to searchable digital documents we have a secure document scanning process in place that can save you time, space, and money. When documents are scanned through our system they are indexed using optical character recognition, machine learning, and robotic process automation. This ultimately means that when you need to access them digitally later down the line they will be easy to find.
We follow stringent security and compliance guidelines to make sure we can meet our customers’ compliance needs. Guidelines such as the HIPAA Regulations for safeguarding Protected Health Information (PHI) and Personal Identifiable Information (PII). All processes take place in the Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) highly secure cloud environment and we incorporate AWS’s IT infrastructure to augment our IT security standards.
“A key component of effective Information Governance is records availability. DOMA’s secure DX platform provides the necessary standard for where and how official records and information are stored, protected, and made available; the records retrieval process is consistent and timely, it is easy to determine where to find the authentic and final version of a record, and the process is well defined and systematic – not to mention simple and intuitive.”
With DOMA’s DX Software, Information Governance can be customized to fit your organization. Your data is easily accessible and secure. Here are examples of some of the things you can do in our DX Software to implement your Information Governance Program:
As a Content Services Platform, our DX Software can help your organization effectively manage documents and add value to your Information Governance Program.
DOMA Technologies (DOMA) was founded in 2000 as a Cloud-based document management company. Today DOMA serves a diverse range of Federal and Commercial customers with customized business solutions. Our offerings include Digital Conversion Services, Cloud Services, and Healthcare Information Services. DOMA specializes in creating holistic workflow solutions that simplify and automate business operations such as data capture, records/document retrieval, and electronic storage.
These services, along with our DOMA Experience (DX) software platform are designed to help support your organization’s Digital Transformation journey. With a considerable portfolio of government, healthcare, education, and commercial business customers DOMA has the experience and infrastructure to deploy integrated solutions that make a difference. Contact DOMA to digitize your workflow; we make complex operations simple across a wide range of industries.