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Kevin A. Wiggins, Esq., Keynote - HIPAA: How PHI is like Plutonium

  • Mar 18, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Health 2.0 Pittsburgh Agenda:

6:30-7pm Networking

7:00-7:10pm Introduction to Health 2.0 and announcements, Rick Cancelliere, CEO of Treatspace

7:10-7:25pm Startup Demo, Emodt 

Emodt helps people to understand and manage their emotional state. This is done through supportive technology that allows one to monitor, visualize, and guide a person's emotional health. 

Presenting: Matthew Keener, MD is co-founder and CEO of Emodt. Matt is a medical innovator bringing findings from clinical neuroscience and psychology into real-world settings. In addition to leading Emodt, and his clinical practice, Dr. Keener consults with Dr. On Demand, a startup coming out of the Dr. Phil and The Doctors television shows, that is backed by Google Ventures and Andreassen Horowitz.

7:30 -8:15pm Keynote speaker, Kevin A. Wiggins, Esq., Saul Ewing LLP. HIPAA: How Protected Health Information (PHI) is like Plutonium.

Kevin will explain the basic rules for HIPAA compliance.  He will discuss who needs to comply with HIPAA's Privacy and Security rules, and review the steps to implement compliance. Finally, he will cover what could happen for non-compliant entities.

About Kevin:  In his eighteen years as an attorney, Kevin has established a legal practice advising employers and medical providers on how to comply with key federal and state laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Kevin earned his law degree from Cornell Law School and his B.A. from the University of North Florida.  Kevin works in Saul Ewing’s Pittsburgh office.

Saul Ewing LLP is a full service law firm. The firm serves businesses throughout the United States and internationally, including corporate America, exciting start-ups and an array of closely held and privately held companies, as well as nonprofits, governmental and educational entities. The firm also offers a variety of alternative fee arrangements under the firm’s Cost Certainty CommitmentSM program, including legal guidance for start-up companies.

8:15-8:45 Networking

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  • Kevin W.

    To everyone who requested them, here is a link to the slides. http://www.saul.com/events/speaking-engagement/wiggins-speak-health-20-pittsburgh-meetup

    April 9, 2014

  • Kevin W.

    HHS Releases New HIPAA Security Rule.

    FYI, HHS released a new tool on March 28, 2014.

    http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/03/20140328a.html

    March 31, 2014

  • Farrel B.

    The meetup was very interesting. I realized that PHI is not like plutonium, but rather is like uranium. PHI and uranium is mostly harmless in day-to-day life. However, when PHI is bombarded by the fines and rulings of the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights then we get plutonium. Plutonium is directly harmful and when the grade is high enough, can sustain a nuclear chain reaction. Uranium and PHI have existed naturally for ages. It was the Manhattan Project in the case of Uranium and the Office for Civil Rights of HHS in the case of PHI, that brought something potentially very dangerous into existence that until recently barely existed. Both the Manhattan Project and OCR actions have spawned billion dollar industries to handle and manage the products of their conception. OCR has done a fantastic job of sensitizing us to privacy. Please help me see the systemic tangible harm being yielded by HIPAA breaches that in context, justifies the rulings and fines.

    1 · March 20, 2014

    • Kevin W.

      Farrel, some individuals have stolen PHI and used it to engage in identity theft. Actually, "stolen" is probably not the right word; they embezzled the PHI from their employer. In any event, your question is an issue for Congress and HHS.

      March 27, 2014

  • Kyle M.

    Enjoyed last night's meetup and thought this recent article from MobiHealthNews might be of interest to those that attended. It's titled "Voxiva alum launches HIPAA helper service for digital health startups". http://mobihealthnews.com/31124/voxiva-alum-launches-hipaa-helper-service-for-digital-health-startups/

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Virginia D.

    Both sessions were excellent. At the end of Kevin A. Wiggins, Esq. lecture, we were left contemplating What is reasonable?" If things are too secure, does it impede health or emergency response? Here is some wisdom from Superstorm Sandy- http://ehrintelligence.com/2012/11/13/ehr-healthcare-takeaways-from-hurricane-sandy/
    Dr. Kiepler’s session was also excellent. After watching it and this TEDx presentation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnCTrq5siac, it occurred to me that even as we strive for innovation, we can learn from past experience. On that note I wanted to share the wisdom of a retired public health physician – Dr. Richard Biek on Positive Health Promotion http://www.aaphp.org/Positive_Health_Promotion. This is one physician's wisdom from a life of service but I wonder if Emodt could evaluate Dr. Biek’s approach and see if and why it works.
    Thank you to all for an excellent evening.

    March 19, 2014

  • Michael G.

    Very interesting

    March 19, 2014

  • Michael G.

    Greetings all!! I look forward to being a part of this group.

    February 13, 2014

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