Elizabeth D. Bowman Earns Health Information Management Fellowship

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Noma Bennett Anderson, PhD, dean for the College of Allied Health Sciences, is proud to announce that Elizabeth D. Bowman, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, has been selected as a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association.

Noma Bennett Anderson, PhD, dean for the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is proud to announce that Elizabeth D. Bowman, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, has been selected as a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Bowman, a professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management, is among an elite group of individuals to become a fellow of AHIMA. The AHIMA boasts approximately 52,000 members nationwide, but fewer than 120 hold the prestigious designation. The fellows program recognizes sustained contributions to the field of health information management (HIM) and fosters collaboration among HIM professionals across the United States.

Bowman has served as a professor of Health Informatics and Information Management at UTHSC for 36 years. Among her contributions to the HIM field that AHIMA considered in her selection was her work in developing a model curriculum to be used by HIM educational programs nationwide. Additionally, she served as a commissioner and chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education during its initial development. Bowman holds a bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and a master’s in public administration from the University of Memphis.

Expertise in traditional and complex electronic health records systems is critical for the prompt delivery and payment of health care services. Thus, educators like Bowman are vital for preparing career seekers for the abundance of jobs emerging in HIM nationwide. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 49 percent job growth in health information and medical informatics through the year 2016.