A relatively new term in the world of IT, Information Governance is at it’s heart the structure by which organizations organize, create, delete and archive information. From the perspective of Compliance and Risk Management this becomes a big deal because it standardizes what is done in the Enterprise when it comes to all incoming and outgoing information.
Regardless of size, industry or complexity it is important that every organization have at least an understanding of what is done with all Information stored within it’s Data Center’s Walls (even if that is just a Server Room or a File Server). This becomes even more important when that Information starts to move into the cloud, or the organization strives to become more collaborative with its employees.
One area that Information Governance has become increasingly important is within Health Care. With the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or the the Canadian Health Information Protection Act it becomes very important for organizations to have not only a handle on the Who, What, Where, Why, When and How of the Information but also the ability to securely transport that information between doctors or facilities.
While the term is new, the concept is not. If we turn back the clock this was once the domain of the Records Management department but with the digitizing of so much information…the two departments have quickly become one.
To move forward in the wild world of Information Governance it takes time, effort and a plan but having worked with several organizations both in and out of Health Care that have undertaken a solid Information Governance plan in the past. The rewards are well worth the efforts.
Chris J Powell