Carole L. Okamoto

Senior Lecturer, Health Services


MBA   Houston Baptist University, 1983   (Business Admin)
BS   University of Texas (Galveston), 1980   (Medical Records Administration)

Contact Info


office:   14-109 UW Tower

4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, 14-108
Seattle, WA 98195-9455

campus box:   359455
voice:   206-543-8810


Carole Okamoto is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Health Services and a health informatics and health information management(HIM) consultant, serving healthcare clients at both a regional and national level. She brings over 30 years of HIM practitioner experience and knowledge into the classroom for both the undergraduate and graduate HIHIM programs. In addition to her consulting role, Carole has also served as a software product manager for an electronic health record (EHR) company and as an HIM operations manager at a large urban academic tertiary care medical center. She is Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS), and a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA). She is an active member in both the state and national HIM associations (WSHIMA/AHIMA).

Health information policy

  • HIHIM 412
    Healthcare Coding, Vocabulary and Revenue Cycle Management
  • HIHIM 450
    Organizational Theory in Health Facilities and Healthcare Delivery
  • HIHIM 455
    Professionalism and Leadership
  • HIHIM 460
    Management Project I
  • HIHIM 480
    Management, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
  • HIHIM 530
    Privacy and Security in Electronic Environments
  • HIHIM 598   (MHIHIM)
    Enterprise Leadership, Change, and Project Leadership

Burrington-Brown J, Fishel J, Fox L, Friedman B, Giannangelo K, Jacobs E, Lang D, Lemery C, Malchetske B, Morgan J, Murphy K, Okamoto C, Peterson R, Robin D, Smith C, Sweet D, Thomas M, Wolter J, Zallar B; AHIMA e-HIM Personal Health Record Work Group. Defining the personal health record. AHIMA releases definition, attributes of consumer health record. J AHIMA. 2005 Jun;76(6):24-5.  PMID: 15986557

Okamoto C. Legal medical record redefinition in a multimedia environment. J AHIMA. 1998 Oct;69(9):70-2, 74, 76.  PMID: 10187474

Okamoto C, Helbig S. The future is what you make it. J AHIMA. 1995 Jul-Aug;66(7):27-31.  PMID: 10143525

Professional Activities

Carole is active in the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) as well as the Washington State Health Information Management Association (WSHIMA).