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In an article posted to Healthcare Today, MRO’s Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, CHPC, SSGB, is quoted on her predictions for what HIM professionals should watch for in 2019.

HIM’s Role in Cybersecurity: Though cybersecurity is traditionally handled by health IT departments, I believe 2019 will be the year that HIM professionals become much more involved in cybersecurity planning and program execution. Cybersecurity is a top concern for healthcare leaders at all levels. HIM’s expertise for protecting health information will be recognized and valued as organizations strengthen their cybersecurity policies in the year ahead.


Bowen is an established author and speaker on healthcare privacy and security. She is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), having served as its President and Board Chair, as a member of the Board of Directors and of the Council on Certification, and currently sits on the AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors. In her role at MRO, Bowen works with clients to ensure HIM policies and procedures are to code. Additionally, Bowen serves as the company’s Privacy and Compliance Officer (CPO).

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