Rita K. Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB
Sr. VP of HIM and Privacy Officer, HealthPort
Past President (2010) AHIMA
Ms. Bowen is a distinguished professional with over 20 years of experience in the health information management (HIM) industry. She serves as the senior vice president of HIM and privacy officer of HealthPort, where she is responsible for acting as an internal customer advocate. Most recently, Ms. Bowen served as the enterprise director of HIM Services for Erlanger Health System for 13 years. She received commendation from the hospital county authority for outstanding leadership. Ms. Bowen is the recipient of the Mentor FORE Triumph Award and Distinguished Member of AHIMA’s Quality Management Section. She has served as the AHIMA President and Board Chair in 2010, a member of AHIMA’s Board of Directors (2006–2011), the Council on Certification (2003–2005) and various task groups including CHP exam and AHIMA’s liaison to HIMSS for the CHS exam construction (2002).
Ms. Bowen is an established speaker on diverse HIM topics and an active author on privacy and legal health records. She served on the CCHIT security and reliability workgroup and as Chair of Regional Committees East-Tennessee HIMSS and co-chair of Tennessee’s e-HIM group. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Chattanooga State HIM program and UT Memphis HIM Master’s program. She also serves on the advisory board for Care Communications based in Chicago, Illinois.