FSW professor wins innovation award

Lee Herald Favicon 16Florida SouthWestern State College professor Elizabeth Whitmer has been recognized by the American Health Information Management Association for her work in health information technology.

The American Health Information Management Association is a group that advocates for technical advancements and best practices in the field of health information which represents more than 103,000 health information professionals

“Professor Whitmer has used her vision and creativity to enhance her profession and improve student learning,” said Dr. Marie Collins, dean of FSW School of Health Professions. “We are quite proud of her accomplishments.”

The organization’s Innovation Triumph Award honors those that promote important advances in  areas like quality data, standards development, patient safety, systems development. Whitmer created a smartphone app for medical coding students called Root Operation App Rescue or “ROAR”. The app helps students reference medical coding language with more 70,000 seven-digit alphanumeric codes used in patient records for insurance agencies, Medicaid, Medicare, attorneys, workers comp and other billing agencies. Those codes contain important information about the patient’s illness or injury, its location on the body, and the procedures and treatments the doctor performed.

“This is a profession that not many people know about,” Whitmer said. “It’s quite fulfilling to know that I am giving back to my passion and helping more people become interested in medical coding. I am honored to receive this award.”

The app is currently being successfully used by students at Bryan University in Tempe in Arizona.

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