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Disaster Recovery and Emergency Mode Operations under HIPAA

Date: 07/09/2019

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Course Curriculum
With the recent natural disasters and hacking attacks suffered by health care entities, new attention is being paid to preparations for recovering from such disasters while protecting information assets. Our speaker, Jim Sheldon-Dean, will discuss the preparations that should be made by any entity with obligations to the public to protect the access to and confidentiality of information.

Jim will use the HIPAA Security Rule as the foundation for the framework of the preparations that must take place because the HIPAA framework and guidance provide a solid yet flexible foundation for any information security program. In natural disaster emergencies, health care services are key to an area’s recovery and cannot be safely interrupted. Using the HIPAA Security Rule provides a flexible framework for protection of information and compliance with applicable regulations.

Our speaker will include planning steps for preparations to deal with typical emergencies and significant threats to the privacy and security of confidential information. Furthermore, he will explain the roles of leadership and support necessary during an emergency, so that staff will seek assistance when necessary and managers will be ready to help staff make information handling decisions correctly.


Jim Sheldon-Dean, Lewis Creek Systems, LLC is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA, including speaking engagements at numerous national healthcare association conferences and conventions, and the annual NIST/OCR HIPAA Security Conference. Jim has more than 16 years of experience specializing in HIPAA compliance, more than 34 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation, business process analysis, information systems and software development, and eight years of experience as a Vermont certified volunteer emergency medical technician.

The speaker has no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this presentation.


Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Prepare for information release prior to an event.
  2. Develop policy before a disaster that guides staff actions during a disaster.
  3. Educate staff on the policies and monitor compliance.
  4. Guide staff during an emergency when contemplating disclosures.