Public Policy Committee

Purpose

The Privacy and Security Committee guides implementation of strategic initiatives that promote the privacy and security of healthcare information and management systems.  The Committee strives to achieve the Board's goal:  By 2014, all entities that use, send or store health information meets requirements for confidentiality, integrity, availability and accountability based on sound risk management practices, using recognized standards and protocols.

Chair Person

Kristopher Kusche, CISSP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Vice President, Information Services - Technology, Albany Medical Center

Committee Members

Donald Bechtel, CHP
Health Services Patient Privacy Officer, Siemens Healthcare

Jeffrey Bell, CISSP, CPHIMS
Director, Client Relations, CareTech Solutions

James Brady, PhD, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, PMP
CISO/Director, Technical Services, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation

Nathan Gibson, CISSP, MCSE, CPHIMS
Privacy Officer, West Virginia Medical Institute

Debra Mikels
Corporate Manager, Partners Healthcare System, Inc

Hassnain Malik, MS, FACHE. CPHIMS, PMP
Senior Director Enterprise Solutions, El Camino Hospital

John Phelan, PhD
Principal, Phelan Consultants

Marlowe Schaeffer-Polk, JD, DO
Physician Advisor, Crozer-Keystone Health System

Jason Zellmer
Director - Information Security, Kaiser Permanente

HIMSS Board of Directors Liaison

Elizabeth Casey Halley
Principal Health Information Technology, MITRE Corporation

Staff Contact

Lee Kim, BS, JD
Director, Privacy & Security
HIMSS
(703) 562-8806
lkim@himss.org

Task Forces

Privacy and Security Policy Task Force
Privacy & Security Toolkit Content Review Task Force

Work Groups

Cloud Security Work Group
Patient Identity Integrity Work Group
Risk Assessment Work Group

Task Forces

Privacy & Security Policy Task Force

Purpose:
This Task Force supports HIMSS Policy activities by providing privacy and security expertise and input such as position statements, explanatory/educational materials, and model legislative texts for distribution to federal, state and local lawmakers as appropriate.

Co-Chair:
Archie A Alexander, MD, JD, LLM
Attorney / Mediator / Physician
Adjunct Instructor (Health Law and Ethics)
LSU-Shreveport

Co-Chair:
Mac McMillan
CEO
CynergisTek Inc

Contact:
Lee Kim, BS, JD
Director, Privacy & Security
HIMSS
(703) 562-8806
lkim@himss.org

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Privacy & Security Toolkit Content Review Task Force

Purpose:
Ongoing maintenance and updates to the HIMSS Privacy & Security Toolkit which outlines general principles and provides best practices and examples of how health care providers should manage the security of their paper and electronic records.

Co-Chair:
Stacie Durkin MBA, RHIA, RNC
Principle
Durkin & Associates

Co-Chair:
Tangela D. Richardson
Social Insurance Specialist
Social Security Administration

Contact:
Lee Kim, BS, JD
Director, Privacy & Security
HIMSS
(703) 562-8806
lkim@himss.org

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Work Groups

Cloud Security Work Group

Purpose:
The focus of the Cloud Security WG will be to explore, define and discuss cloud security risks and issues and develop useful white papers, guides, case studies, tools and other resources that individual healthcare organizations and security practitioners can use to assist them in developing their own implementations, guide their vendor selection processes, and/or inform their policy decisions.

Chair:
Adam Greene
Partner
Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

Contact:
Lee Kim, BS, JD
Director, Privacy & Security
HIMSS
(703) 562-8806
lkim@himss.org

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Patient Identity Integrity Work Group

Purpose:
The purpose of this work group is to develop a whitepaper that will identify the complex of issues that surround accurate identification of an individual’s information within and across systems, as well as the business processes that must be in place to support and maintain data integrity for quality of care. 

Chair:
Stacie Durkin MBA, RHIA, RNC
Principle
Durkin & Associates

Contact:
Lee Kim, BS, JD
Director, Privacy & Security
HIMSS
(703) 562-8806
lkim@himss.org

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Risk Assessment Work Group

Purpose:
The purpose of this WG will be to explore, define and discuss risk assessment and develop useful white papers, guides, case studies, tools and other resources that individual healthcare organizations and security practitioners can use to assist them in developing their own implementations, guide their third party vendor selection processes (if desired), and/or inform their policy decisions.

Chair:
Nicholas Heesters Jr., JD
Privacy and Security Specialist
Quality Insights of Delaware

Contact:
Lee Kim, BS, JD
Director, Privacy & Security
HIMSS
(703) 562-8806
lkim@himss.org

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