Maintaining Continuous HIPAA Compliance through Effective Monitoring and Auditing Practices

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Companies have to be compliant with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 -- HIPAA. But are organizations confident they are meeting the compliance regulations now that their initial systems have been put in place?

Web conference: Maintaining Continuous HIPAA Compliance

Featuring Jennifer O’Brien, VP Corporate Compliance, Allina Hospitals and Cathy Gorman-Klug, Corporate Director, Privacy and Data Security, Meridian Health

(PRWEB) May 8, 2006 -- In this Xtalks web conference on May 16, 2006, Jennifer O’Brien from Allina Hospitals and Cathy Gorman-Klug discuss how to maintain continuous HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) compliance through effective monitoring and auditing practices.

Xtalks is pleased to present the Maintaining Continuous HIPAA Compliance Web Conference. There is still time to register for free at:

Are organizations confident they are compliant with HIPAA regulations? Would they pass an external audit—and more importantly would their staff? Initial implementation of privacy and security measures should now be complete and it is the organization’s responsibility to ensure that your staff continues the work that has been started.

It is essential to keep the staff interested in compliance issues, maintain training initiatives and reporting on the effectiveness of your programs through internal audits and measurement tools. In this live web conference you will hear from two industry professionals on their efforts to guarantee compliance and staff buy-in to HIPAA regulations.

There is still time to register for free at:
The web conference is sponsored by Symantec.

About the Keynote Speakers

Jennifer O’Brien, VP, Corporate Compliance/Privacy, Allina Hospitals & Clinics

As the Vice President, Corporate Compliance/Privacy, Jennifer provides oversight and management to the Corporate Compliance and Research Administration programs, co-chair’s Allina’s Ethics and Oversight Committee and provides direction to various departments and board members to ensure Allina maintains an effective and consistent compliance program. She first joined Allina in February 2001 as the Director, Corporate Compliance/Privacy.

Prior to joining Allina, Jennifer was an Assistant Attorney General, in the Health Licensing Division for the state of Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. In her capacity as a Prosecutor and General Counsel she provided legal representation to Health Licensing Boards, reviewed and implanted state and federal rules and laws and assisted n developing and implementing public policy for licensing boards. From June 1990 – October 1995 she worked as a researcher/writer for the Minnesota State Senate.

Catherine Gorman Klug RNC, MSN, CNA Ms., Meridian Health

In her current position, as Corporate Director of Privacy and Data Security she serves as the responsible person for MH’s compliance with the requirements imposed by the HIPAA regulations and other regulatory and accreditation standards for Meridian Health System, Inc., an integrated health delivery system including hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices, assisted living facilities and ambulatory surgery centers with over seven thousand (7,000) employees. In this role she serves as the process owner for all ongoing activities that serve to provide appropriate access to and protect the confidentiality and integrity of patient, provider, employee and business information in compliance with organization policies and standards, as well as technical Security and Privacy tools and policies relevant to access control, audit logs, physical Security and Privacy, linkage control, software discipline, backup and disaster recovery as well as the system’s Help Desk.

Prior to this she was responsible for the coordination of Meridian’s Year 2000 Compliance Program. Before assuming responsibility for enterprise wide projects, Ms. Gorman-Klug was the Director of Resources/Regulatory Compliance for a Medical Center within Meridian (two hundred inpatient beds; 100 long-term care beds and homecare services) where her responsibilities included JCAHO Accreditation. Prior to joining Meridian, she was the Director of Children's Services at a large teaching facility, where she spearheaded the redesign and implementation of a care delivery model designed to meet the unique needs of the child and family. Ms. Gorman-Klug holds a Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from Seton Hall University

About Symantec

Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Symantec is uniquely positioned to help you simplify and sustain compliance with a consolidated view of IT compliance across multiple mandates, proactive and reliable IT controls to retain and secure information, and actionable intelligence to prove ongoing compliance across compliance efforts with confidence. More information is available at

About Xtalks

Xtalks (recently featured in the London Times article Conference call that spans the globe) brings industry experts to executives’ desktops around the world in a web-based information network that provides insight into breaking business issues through interactive digital web conferences. By leveraging the best of hi-speed Internet and telecom technology, Xtalks provides a fantastic forum for highly interactive communication. Xtalks web conferences allow anyone with interest in a particular topic to participate in a web meeting by synchronizing their desktop computer and phone alongside industry experts. Xtalks is part of The Honeycomb Worldwide Group of Companies (, including Honeycomb Connect, a leader in executive networking, event management, web conferencing, publishing, and digital media with offices in North America and Europe.

“Xtalks' webinar brought together the top end users, technology vendors, and thinkers in the space,” says Ed Hess, Editor of Integrated Solutions Magazine, referring to a previous Xtalks’ event. “As a media sponsor of the event, we were ecstatic to see the level of commitment and execution that Xtalks showed in making the event a huge success. It was informative and filled with new and fresh insights. The Q&A session was highly interactive and addressed a range of issues. In terms of online events, it set a standard that others will have trouble matching."

For more information on this conference or Xtalks in general, or to enquire about speaking opportunities or sponsoring future events, visit or contact Karen Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer, at phone: 312-977-1166 x1209.

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