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Laurinda B. Harman

Laurinda B. Harman, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA

Associate Professor Emeritus


Laurinda B. Harman, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Information Management in the College of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, has been an HIM professional and educator for over 40 years.  She has directed HIM baccalaureate programs at Temple University, George Washington University in Washington, DC, and The Ohio State University in Columbus. Dr. Harman was a faculty member in the health information technology program at Northern Virginia Community College and served as Director of Education and Human Resource Development for the Department of Health Care Sciences at George Washington University. She edited Ethical Challenges in the Management of Health Informationin 2001, the second edition was published in 2006 and the 3rd edition is in progress. She contributed chapters to Health Informatics Research: Practices and Innovative Approaches; Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles, and Practice; and Health Information Technology: An Applied Approachfor the American Health Information Management Association.  Dr. Harman is on the editorial board of Perspectives in Health Information Management, has contributed articles to the Journal of American Health Information Management Association and has delivered presentations at international, national, state and local association meetings on topics related to HIM and ethics.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in medical record administration from Daemen College in Buffalo, New York, a Master of Science degree in education at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a PhD in human and organizational systems at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.  Dr. Harman received the AHIMA 2001 Triumph Legacy Award for Ethical Challenges in the Management of Health Information, the 2011 Triumph Legacy Educator Award and the 2011 Dorland Peoples Ethicist Award for her textbook and its contribution to helping healthcare professionals deal with ever-increasing ethical health information issues.