The American Health Information Management Association is seeking comments on a roadmap for collaboration between health information management professionals, standards developers and vendors to support the capture, management, sharing and use of electronic health information.

AHIMA developed the plan, in the form of a white paper, as part of its information governance (IG) initiative in collaboration with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, a consortium of vendors and professional associations promoting use of standards to achieve interoperability.

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The white paper outlines a methodology to engage HIM professionals in defining their needs for health IT products; offers a detailed analysis of HIM business requirements and best practices related to information availability, integrity and protection; and presents use cases that specify the HIT capabilities needed to support HIM practices.  

“HIM is at the heart of information governance practices and principles that ensure the integrity, access and security of patient health information,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon in a written statement. “It is imperative that HIM and HIT professionals work together so HIM practices are included in HIT standards. Together, we can achieve interoperability of health information.”

AHIMA is accepting comments on the white paper through July 19, which can be submitted here. The final white paper will be published this fall.

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