Leading Experts in Information Privacy and Security to Deliver Informative, Innovative Web Seminars on Pressing Compliance Topics

BlueRibbon_Logo2 - Copy (94x150)Clearwater Compliance today unveiled a HIPAA-HITECH Blue Ribbon Panel™ of qualified authorities that will discuss relevant news, updates and evolving compliance ramifications via an ongoing series of live web events. The first Blue Ribbon Panel event will be held on February 27, at 3:30 CDT. Interested organizations can register here.

With the Blue Ribbon Panel, Clearwater has harnessed the power of a renowned group of national experts on information privacy and security, creating a unique learning opportunity for organizations that are striving to become and remain HIPAA-HITECH compliant. Each session will feature 5-6 panelists, who will share insight and exchange ideas while fielding questions from attendees.

The Panel will convene monthly for 90-minute interactive sessions on trending topics of interest. These live events will be offered at no cost, and will focus on a range of issues, including:

  • HITECH Implications for Business Associates and Subcontractors
  • Sources of Privacy, Security & Compliance Risks and Liabilities Beyond HIPAA
  • Latest HIPAA-HITECH Legal and Enforcement Actions and Lessons Learned (OCR and FTC)
  • Latest Updates and Lessons Learned from the Wall of Shame
  • Accounting for Disclosures – Privacy and Security Implications
  • Is Your Critical Data Safe in the Cloud?

The HIPAA-HITECH Blue Ribbon Panel will kick off on February 27 with a focused session on “Risk Analysis DOs and DON’Ts”.  Start time is 3:30 CDT. Organizations interested in attending can register by clicking here.

Other upcoming sessions include:

Omnibus Implications for Business Associates

Thursday, March 27, 2014  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CDT

How to Prepare for OCR Enforcement Actions

Thursday, May 1, 2014  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CDT

“Clearwater has a long history of providing insight and best practices in the HIPAA-HITECH space, and we’re excited to continue that tradition,” said Bob Chaput, CEO and founder of Clearwater Compliance. “This series of in-depth discussions is a tremendous way for organizations to deepen their understanding of the regulations and to learn hard won lessons from individuals who have been in the trenches.”

Among the accomplished professionals selected for the HIPAA-HITECH Blue Ribbon Panel are the following:

Bob Chaput, CISSP, CIPP-US

Chaput is Founder & CEO of Clearwater Compliance. Over the past 30 years, he has worked as an educator, an executive and an entrepreneur. He has assisted businesses and individuals in developing highly secure information technology (IT) strategies that are tightly linked with their business strategies and goals.

Meredith Phillips, MHSA, CHC, CHPC

Phillips serves as Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer for Henry Ford Health System. She has successfully managed large-scale compliance programs that cross-functional areas within integrated delivery systems.


Finn is the Health Information Technology Officer for Symantec and holds over 30 years of experience in information technology and business processes. A former healthcare CIO, Finn has worked in the provider space for more than 20 years. He joined Symantec in 2009.

Adam Greene

Greene is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Davis Wright Tremaine and co-chair of its Health Information Group. He primarily counsels health care providers, technology companies, and financial institutions on compliance with the HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification rules.

Kamal Govindaswamy, CISSP, CISA, CIPP, ABCP

Govindaswamy is a HIPAA-HITECH Security & Privacy Advisor consultant, thought leader and trusted advisor specializing in Information Security and Privacy. He is the President of RisknCompliance Consulting Group LLC, a firm whose sole focus is on helping its clients manage their information risks and related compliance obligations cost-effectively and in a sustainable manner.

Feisal Nanji

Nanji is Executive Director of Techumen, an information security firm focusing exclusively on securing health care information. Feisal has over 25 years of information technology experience.

Gregory Ehardt, JD, LL.M

Ehardt currently serves as the HIPAA Compliance Officer in the Office of General Counsel and Assistant Professor in the Health Care Administration Program at Idaho State University.

Frank Ruelas, MBA

Ruelas is the Compliance Officer, Privacy Officer, and Security Officer for Gila River Health Care.  He is also the Principal of HIPAA College, which is involved in the promotion of Compliance Programs, to include HIPAA compliance within the healthcare industry.

Rick Kam, CIPP

Kam is the founder and president of ID Experts as well as an expert in privacy and information security. His experience includes leading organizations in policy and solutions to address protecting PHI/PII and resolving privacy incidents and identity theft.

Elizabeth Warren

Warren is a Member in the Healthcare Practice Group at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. She focuses her practice exclusively on healthcare law and advises healthcare providers and other healthcare industry clients on the constantly changing regulatory landscape.

“Our panel of esteemed experts covers every corner of compliance,” Chaput said.  “Attendees will receive insider information, follow up materials and ongoing updates, and have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel. We expect this to be a very popular and powerful learning format.”


Bob Chaput

CEO at Clearwater Compliance
Bob Chaput is widely recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of healthcare compliance and cyber risk management, and is one of the industry’s leading authorities in healthcare information security today. As a leading authority safeguarding health data, Chaput has supported hundreds of hospitals and health systems to successfully manage healthcare’s evolving cybersecurity threats and ensure patient safety.