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State attorneys general have been increasingly ramping up investigations and cracking down on data breaches at health care organizations.

Although hospitals and health systems are well-versed in reporting data breaches to the Office for Civil Rights because of HIPAA, the privacy scope of state attorneys general is more far-reaching. While HIPAA applies only to health-related information, state attorneys general can also focus on data breaches involving personally identifiable information (PII).


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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