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.
For much of healthcare, HIPAA sets the standards for how to manage uses and disclosures of patient information, known as Protected Health Information (PHI).
HIPAA Compliance has recently seen big changes in how the rules are enforced for individual access requests, long-overdue changes may be coming to regulations on Accounting of Disclosures of Protected Health Information (PHI), we can expect new rules regarding the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices and calling patients' cell phones, and a little-used HIPAA right may become a hot topic if the Affordable Care Act is threatened.
One of the recent HIPAA enforcement actions concerned a hospital that did not provide timely access to patient records, and HHS has indicated that patient access rules under HIPAA will be used to enforce the new efforts against data blocking by the holders of records.
In this session we will review the enforcement actions taken by HHS and state Attorneys General to illustrate the issues concerned and explain how to avoid them, and the penalties that can result when they are not avoided.
Learn how having good policies and procedures and good documentation can make compliance easier.
This teleconference will enable health information professionals to know how to respond to requests to revise closed records, to know what is required for individual rights under HIPAA, and to know what belongs in any organization’s procedures for revising medical records.
The session will discuss the requirements, the risks, and the issues of the increasing use of mobile devices for patient communications and provide a road map for how to use them safely and effectively, to increase the quality of health care and patient satisfaction.
We will discuss the kinds of threats that exist for PHI and how they're changing as the hackers gain experience and abilities, and why you need to prepare for next-generation attacks now.