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Susie T. Harris, PhD, RHIA, CCS is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management and director of the Master of Science in health informatics and information management program at East Carolina University. She has 15 years of experience in health care administration. Her areas of interest are diabetes, spirituality, health industry education, managed health care, coding, and electronic exchange of health information.

Education

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Studies
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

M.B.A. with a Health Care Administration option
Health Care Related Courses include:
- Health Care Strategic Planning & Management
- Health Care Operations & Management
- Health Care Systems & Problems
- Health Care Financial Planning & Strategic Management
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

B.S. in Health Information Management
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Courses Taught

HIMA 3000 Medical Terminology
HIMA 3032 Record Documentation Systems
HIMA 3142 Diagnostic and Procedural Coding
HIMA 3148 Health Services Coding
HIMA 4138 Health Data Structure
HIMA 4153 Management of a Health Information Services Department
HSMA 2000 Professional Roles and Environments in Health Care
HSMA 3030 Written Communication and Documentation in Health Care
HSMA 3045 Health Data Management
HSMA 4050 Personnel Management and Supervision in Health Care
HSMA 4075 Managed Care in Health Systems
COHE 6000 Health Care Systems and Problems
COHE 6460 Classification Systems in Health Care
COHE 6470 Health Information Privacy and Security
COHE 6640 Management of Health Information Services
COHE 6803 Internship in Health Informatics and Information Management

Publications

Harris, S.T., Bell, P.D., Woodward, J.A. (2016). First Steps in Starting a Master of Science Program in Health Informatics and Information Management. Perspectives in Health Information Management. http://eduperspectives.ahima.org/firststeps/

Hylock, R., Harris, S.T., (2016). Healthcare Database Management for Health Informatics and Information Management Students: Challenges and Instruction Strategies—Part 1. Perspectives in Health Information Management. http://eduperspectives.ahima.org/healthcare-database-management-for-health-informatics-and-information-management-students-challenges-and-instruction-strategies-part-1/#.Vo7LqfkrJD8

Harris, S. T. & Koenig, H. G. (2016). An 81-year-old woman with chronic illnesses and a strong faith. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 13(1), 83-89.  Doi:10.1515/jcim-2015-0004

Harris, S. T. & Kennedy, M. H. (2015). Using assessment of online instruction to make the case for medical records management and coding as a required curricular content for undergraduate certification. International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning, 12(9), 69-81.

Harris, S., Zeng, X, Ross, T, & Ford, L. (2013). ICD-10 Training: What Coders are Saying. Health Care Manager, 32(4)

Harris, S., & Pokorny, M. (2012). Living with diabetes: What patients are saying. Care Management Journals, 13(2)46-50

Harris, S., & Zeng, X. (2012). How to set up an ICD-10 training workshop: Case study. Health Care Manager, 31(4)323-331

Bell, P. D., Zeng, X., & Harris, S. T. (2011). "blogs and wikis: ICT tools to facilitate critical thinking and learning in a web-based health services and information management curriculum", In Antonio Méndez-Vilas (Ed.) Education in a Technological World: Communicating Current and Emerging Research and Technological Efforts, (pp. 77-82). Formatex Research Center.

Harris, S., Zeng, X., & Ford, L. (2011). International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision: It's coming, ready or not. Health Care Manager, 30(3), 227-235.

Harris, S.T. (2010). Lawsuit: So you have to go to court. In C. McConnell (Ed.), The Health Care Manager's Legal Guide (pp. 153-162). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett

Harris, S.T., Wong, D., & Musick, D. (2010). Spirituality and well-being among persons with diabetes and other chronic disabling conditions: A comprehensive review. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. 7(1), 1-21

Harris, S., & Zeng, X. (2010).Using an audience response system (ARS) in a face-to-face and distance education CPT/HCPCS coding course. Perspectives in Health Information Management, 7(Winter), 1-10.

Harris, S.T. (2009). The Impact of Spirituality on Persons with Diabetes: The Impact of Spirituality on Health Conditions of Persons with Diabetes in Eastern North Carolina. Köln, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing

Teslow, M., Harris, S., & Wilfong, D. (2009). Street smart: Understanding the context of emergency medical services communication and documentation. Journal of the American Health Information Management Association, 80(3), 46-49

Harris, S., & Pokorny, M. (2009). The experience of teaching in a diabetes program. Health Care Manager, 28(1), 65-70

Harris, S. (2009). Impact of Spirituality on Persons with Diabetes. Koln, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Harris, S., & Kulesher, R. (2009). The importance of encounter form design. Health Care Manager, 28(1), 75-80

Harris, S., & Zeng, X. (2008). Using wiki in an online record documentation systems course. Perspectives in Health Information Management, 5(1), 1-16

Culbertson, D., & Harris, S. (2007). Are we coming back to AR? Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, 17(2), 22-26

Harris, S., & Kulesher, R. R. (2006). Managed care and the bottom line of your practice. Health Care Manager, 25(3), 228-232.

Zeng, X., & Harris, S.T. (2005). Blogging in an online health information technology class. Perspectives in Health Information Management, 2(6), 1-18

Guest Editor

Harris, S.T. (2010) Perspectives in Health Information Management, ICD-10 Special Issue.

Professional Certifications

Registered Health Information Administrator
Certified Coding Specialist
American Health Information Management Association Certified ICD-10 Trainer

Professional Memberships

American Health Information Management Association
North Carolina Health Information Management Association
Medical Group Mangers Association
North Carolina Medical Group Managers Association

Professional Experience

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
July 2013-present

Assistant Professor
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
July 2008-June 2013

Clinical Instructor
East Carolina Univesity
Greenville, NC
July 2004-June 2008

Office Administrator
Eastern Neurosurgical and Spine Associates, Inc.
Greenville, NC
August 1998-January 2004

Health Information Management Director
Eastern Neurosurgical and Spine Associates, Inc.
Greenville, NC
June 1990-July 1998

Comptroller
R.E. Harris, Mason Contractor, Inc.
B.T. Harris, Mason Contractor
Greenville, NC
August 1991–August 1998

Medical Insurance Instructor
Pitt Community College
Greenville, NC
August 1992-February 1993

Medical Record Consultant
East Carolina Care
Greenville, NC
February 1991-August 1991

Medical Record Director
Wilmington Health Associates, P.A.
Wilmington, NC
May 1989-May 1990