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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 meet requirements for confidentiality, integrity, availability and accountability based on sound risk management practices, using recognized standards and protocols.

The Committee also provides oversight for several volunteer task forces and work groups. Further information about these task forces and work groups is listed below. 

Privacy and Security Committee
Jeff Bell

Chair Person

Jeff Bell, CISSP, GSLC, CPHIMS, ACHE
Director, IT Security and Risk Services
CareTech Solutions


Committee Members

Sonia Arista

Sonia Arista
Director of Information Security
Tufts Medical Center


Sriram Bharadwaj, CISSP, CLSSBB

Sriram Bharadwaj, CISSP, CLSSBB
Chief Operating Officer
Business Strategix Inc


James Brady

James Brady, PhD, FHIMSS
Area Information Officer
Kaiser Permanente, Orange County


Linda Koontz

Linda Koontz
Senior Principal, Privacy and Strategy
MITRE Corporation


Michele Krajewski

Michele Krajewski
Deputy Director, Health Care Security Requirements
Health Information Governance
Veterans Health Administration


Hassnain Malik

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


Debra Mikels

Debra Ann Mikels
Corporate Manager
Partners Healthcare System, Inc.


John Phelan

John Phelan, PhD
Principal
Phelan Consultants


Marlowe Schaeffer-Polk

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


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 

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.

Chair:
Joseph Santangelo
Vice President, Axis Technology, LLC

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 

Patient Identity Integrity Work Group

Purpose: 
The purpose of this work group is to explore 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 

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

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