If you missed the webinar from Pathology Webinars on “Laboratory Privacy and Security: How to Safeguard Your Data and Ensure Compliance with Tougher Enforcement of Government Guidelines,” you still have a chance to purchase the CD of this event.
Widespread use of electronic medical information has resulted in a growing number of hackers and identity-theft rings that are attempting to harvest confidential information from laboratories and other healthcare providers. The hacks are getting bigger, and the hackers more bold.
While your lab may have protections in place to cover HIPAA privacy and security concerns, cybersecurity issues are very different. To help safeguard your information, the government has stepped up its enforcement efforts and is beginning to punish any provider that lacks sufficient compliance programs to shield its data.
So which areas within your lab or pathology group are at the highest risk for potential data breaches? What are the strategies you can use to ensure the security of that data? And what should your lab do if a security breach is discovered?
Get answers to these questions and more when you purchase the CD of this event, which originally aired on June 23, 2016. You’ll hear McDonald Hopkins’ cybersecurity expert James Giszczak, along with government compliance specialists Richard Blake and Bruce Reinhart, also from McDonald Hopkins, provide information on potential vulnerabilities within your systems and show you where data breaches commonly occur. You’ll learn the strategies that can strengthen your internal controls and better protect your laboratory from outside attacks.
Find out what steps the government is taking to ensure your laboratory understands current guidelines for protecting your data and the strategies you can use to comply with them. You’ll learn how to avoid significant fines by the Office of Civil Rights as well as potential lawsuits from clients whose information was compromised.
You’ll also get data on recent enforcement trends by federal and local authorities, and government efforts to curb data breaches by focusing on healthcare providers. And finally, we’ll take a look at some of the government actions that have been taken against providers, and what you can do to be sure the same thing doesn’t happen to your lab.
James J. Giszczak is Vice Chair of the Litigation Department and Chair of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. He advises clients on data security measures and how to respond to security breaches involving protected health information. Mr. Giszczak also works with clients in a myriad of industries to assess and implement appropriate data security safeguards. If a data breach does occur, he acts as a breach coach, ensuring compliance and minimizing exposure. litigates matters involving data security and data privacy, including defending single plaintiff and class action litigation.
Mr. Giszczak has extensive experience advising clients about auditing and litigating non-compete, non-disclosure and trade-secret matters in nearly every industry. In addition, he has considerable nationwide experience prosecuting and defending employers and employees in non-compete, non-disclosure and trade secret litigation, as well as injunction hearing expertise. Mr. Giszczak often advises clients regarding restrictive covenant, trade secret and employment issues related to physicians, sales representatives, customer account representatives, key administrators, and technical and clinical personnel. His practice also focuses on business and commercial litigation with trial, litigation and consultation expertise in sales representative and business disputes.
Mr. Giszczak earned a JD, cum laude, from University of Notre Dame Law School in 1992. He received a BA, with honors, from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 1989.
Mr. Reinhart defends corporations and individuals in federal criminal investigations and regulatory enforcement matters. His clients have included numerous pathology and toxicology labs in qui tam and other government enforcement matters. He conducts internal investigations and provides compliance counseling for businesses of all sizes in a wide range of industries. Mr. Reinhart also represents corporations and individuals in asset forfeiture proceedings, including, in one case, successfully reacquiring more than $1 million in property for a Fortune 500 company.
Mr. Reinhart’s experience includes having served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida for more than 11 years, as Senior Policy Advisor to the Undersecretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department, and as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Reinhart received his law degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and his undergraduate degree cum laude from Princeton University in 1984.
Richard H. Blake is a Member and Co-Chair of McDonald Hopkins’ Government Compliance, Investigations, and White Collar Defense Practice Group. His background includes more than 25 years of investigative and litigation experience in both government and private practice where he represents clients in a wide range of government investigations, prosecutions, and commercial litigation matters.
After almost 20 years as an Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice and a Senior Enforcement Attorney with the Department of Treasury, Mr. Blake now represents clients in all levels of criminal, civil, and administrative matters, including criminal grand jury investigations; qui tam whistleblower and False Claims Act matters; SEC and state securities investigations; FCPA, data breach, and HIPAA violations; and complex commercial litigation matters.
Mr. Blake has successfully represented clients in cases involving allegations of healthcare fraud, environmental law violations, banking and securities fraud, public corruption, tax fraud, government procurement fraud and mortgage fraud. He has also assisted clients in conducting internal investigations for them, including those for laboratories, hospitals, pharmacies, individual healthcare providers, financial institutions, insurance providers, and governmental entities.
Mr. Blake was the first federal prosecutor hired by the Justice Department to exclusively prosecute federal qui tam and civil false claims cases in the Northern District of Ohio, where he specialized in healthcare and defense procurement fraud prosecutions. As an Assistant United States Attorney, he also worked in the Organized Crime Strike Force and Economic Crimes Unit.