Our Blue Ribbon Panel has welcomed some of the brightest minds in Privacy, Security, Compliance and Information Risk Management.

We have spent a number of years providing information, education, news and resources to covered entities and business associates striving to comply with the various, and sometimes nebulous, requirements including HIPAA HITECH.

We are very pleased to have had the following qualified authorities join us for a Blue Ribbon Panel™ to discuss relevant news updates and evolving ramifications to this audience.

Bob Chaput, CISSP, HCISPP, CRISC, CIPP-US – Moderator

Bob Chaput HIPAA HITECH Compliance ExpertMr. Chaput is CEO & Founder of Clearwater Compliance, LLC. Clearwater Compliance helps Covered Entities and Business Associates meet stringent HIPAA-HITECH Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rule requirements. Over the past 30 years, Bob 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. His workshops, seminars, writings and consultations reflect his knowledge, humor, enthusiasm and vision.

Meredith Phillips, MHSA, CHC, CHPC, Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer – Panelist

Meredith Phillips croppedMeredith Phillips serves as the Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer at Henry Ford Health System. Her success has been attributed to her ability to manage large-scale complex projects that cross functional areas within integrated delivery systems while advancing the skill-sets of her team members.


David Finn, CISA, CISM, CRISC, Health Information Technology Officer – Panelist

David Finn REV2David 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, Health Law Attorney – Panelist

Adam GreeneAdam Greene is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Davis Wright Tremaine and co-chair of its Health Information Group. Adam 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 – Panelist

Kamal GovindaswamyKamal 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 – Panelist

Feisal 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 – Panelist

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Mr. 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, Privacy Officer, Director of Compliance and Risk Management – Panelist

Frank Ruelas

Frank Ruelas, MBA, 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 – Panelist

Rick 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, Healthcare Law Attorney – Panelist

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth 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.

John R. Christensen, Health Information Technology-Related Attorney – Panelist

JRC 2010John R. Christiansen has been practicing health information technology-related law since the early 1990s. After practicing in major law and consulting firms, John formed Christiansen IT Law in 2005.

Alex Wirth , MS, CPHIMS, CISSP, HCISSP – National Healthcare Solutions Architect, Symantec Corporation– Panelist

BRP1As Solutions Architect and drawing from over 25 years of international experience in the industry, Mr. Wirth is supporting Symantec’s healthcare customers to solve their critical security and privacy, compliance, IT and datacenter management challenges.

Sonya Hanafi, JD, MHA – Senior Investigator, OCR Health and Human Services -Panelist

BRP2As a Senior Investigator at the Office for Civil Rights, Sonya focuses on health information privacy enforcement and acts as OCR’s Region IV Security Rule lead.

Kathy Jobes – CISO, Sentara Healthcare – Panelist

BPR3As the Chief Information Security Officer at Sentara, Kathy is responsible for providing IT Security leadership and vision in the areas of identity and access management (IAM), Security Risk Management, governance, education, assurance and threat management.

Matt Hanis – former Vice President, Healthcare Lockton Companies– Panelist

BRP4As a national healthcare expert, Matt helped organizations optimize employee benefits, property & casualty insurance and risk financing.

Deb Denney – Senior Underwriter, Chubb & Son -Panelist

BRP5Deb is part of Chubb’s Special Risk Center focusing on Executive Protection for large health care accounts.

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