HIPAA Disaster Recovery and Emergency Mode Operations Requirements — Being Prepared to Overcome the Worst

01:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT | 12:00 PM CT Duration 90 Minutes

Webinar Includes : All the training handouts , certificate ,Q/A and 90 mins Live Webinar

"Presented By Top HIPAA Expert Jim Sheldon-Dean (Founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC)"

Not only survive any event, but be able to continue providing the protections and services necessary


In recent years healthcare has been called upon to assist in an increasing number of disasters of various kinds, including horrific storms, fires, and mass casualty incidents. During such situations, there may be needs for properly sharing health information as well as protecting it, and needs for maintaining information security even as a crisis is unfolding.

Given the increasing frequency of severe hurricanes, tornadoes, and firearms assault incidents today, healthcare organizations must be prepared for the worst and not be caught off-guard when disaster strikes. In order to best provide services and fulfill their mission, healthcare organizations must be prepared to not only survive any event, but be able to continue providing the protections and services necessary while the event takes place, as well as provide the necessary communications following the event, to best provide services for patients and their families.

And these requirements get trickier to implement in in times of crisis or public health threat. It is essential for healthcare organizations to:

•        Plan for information release prior to an event
•        Develop policy before a disaster that guides staff actions during a disaster
•        Educate staff on the policies and monitor compliance
•        Guide staff during an emergency when contemplating disclosures
•        Maintain protection of information security during a disaster or emergency

According to HHS, the majority of HIPAA violations from recent years have occurred from employees mishandling protected health information (PHI), which can stem from inappropriate communications and social sharing. Violations under the HIPAA Privacy Rule include Civil Money Penalties which can result in fines ranging from $100 – $1,500,000 and higher (recently a $16 million settlement was reached) or Criminal Penalties which can result in fines up to $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison. Other consequences of violating HIPAA include lawsuits, the loss of a medical license, or employee termination. With such significant potential penalties, it has never been more important for healthcare organizations to be prepared for the worst.

Areas Covered

Don’t miss this informative to webinar to guide you and your team to remain HIPAA compliant during an emergency. You’ll learn:

•        What information can be disclosed and under what circumstances
•        How to handle disclosures to the media or others not involved in the care of the patient/notification
•        HIPAA Privacy Rule provisions during a declared emergency vs. public health threat
•        HIPAA Privacy Rule and disclosure to law enforcement
•        HIPAA social media guidelines to ensure that PHI remains protected
•        HIPAA Security Rule requirements for protection of PHI during emergencies
•        HHS guidance issued in connection with recent disasters

Who will Benefit

•        Compliance director
•        CEO
•        CFO
•        Privacy Officer
•        Security Officer
•        Information Systems Manager
•        HIPAA Officer
•        Chief Information Officer
•        Health Information Manager
•        Healthcare Counsel/lawyer
•        Office Manager
•        Contracts Manager

Industries who can attend

This 90-minute online course is intended for professionals in the Healthcare  Industry.

Speaker Profile

Jim Sheldon-Dean

Jim Sheldon-Dean is the founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC, a Vermont-based consulting firm founded in 1982, providing information privacy and security regulatory compliance services to a wide variety of health care entities. 

Sheldon-Dean serves on the HIMSS Information Systems Security Workgroup, has co-chaired the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Privacy and Security Workgroup, and is a recipient of the WEDI 2011 Award of Merit. He is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA and information privacy and security compliance issues at seminars and conferences, including speaking engagements at numerous regional and national healthcare association conferences and conventions and the annual NIST/OCR HIPAA Security Conference in Washington, D.C. 

Sheldon-Dean has more than 30 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation, business process analysis, information systems and software development. His experience includes leading the development of health care related Web sites; award-winning, best-selling commercial utility software; and mission-critical, fault-tolerant communications satellite control systems. In addition, he has eight years of experience doing hands-on medical work as a Vermont certified volunteer emergency medical technician. Sheldon-Dean received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Vermont and his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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