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Published: July 13, 2017


How to Prevent a Breach: Five Best Practices to Protect Your Patients and Organization


Although much attention is paid to breaches caused by criminal hacking and thefts, more than 40 percent of Protected Health Information (PHI) breaches are due to “unintentional employee negligence,” which can be attributed to inconsistent organizational policies, processes not being followed, and uncertainty amongst staff with different levels of training and experience. This presentation will explore the latest trends and statistics related to PHI breaches, both on the state and national level, and recommend five best practices healthcare organizations can adopt to lower their likelihood of PHI breach.



Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB

In her role as Vice President of Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy, Bowen ensures new and existing client HIM policies and procedures are to code. Bowen also serves as the company’s Privacy and Compliance Officer (PCO). Bowen has more than 40 years of experience in Health Information Management (HIM), holding a variety of HIM director and consulting roles. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President and Privacy Officer for HealthPort, Inc., now known as CIOX Health. Bowen 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. Additionally, Bowen is the chair-elect for the AHIMA Foundation. She has been honored with AHIMA’s Triumph Award in the mentor category; she is also the recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the Tennessee Health Information Management Association (THIMA). Bowen is an established author and speaker on HIM topics and has taught HIM studies at Chattanooga State and the University of Tennessee Memphis. Bowen holds a Bachelor of Medical Science degree with a focus in medical record administration and a Master’s degree in Health Information/ Informatics Management Technology.

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