Jim Sheldon-Dean
Jim Sheldon-Dean

Jim Sheldon-Dean Bio

Jim Sheldon-Dean is the founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC, a Vermont-based consulting firm founded in 1982, providing information privacy and security regulatory compliance services to a wide variety of healthcare entities. He is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA, including speaking engagements at numerous regional and national healthcare association conferences and conventions and the annual NIST/OCR HIPAA Security Conference. Sheldon-Dean has more than 18 years of experience specializing in HIPAA compliance, more than 36 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation, business process analysis, information systems and software development, and eight years of experience doing hands-on medical work as a Vermont certified volunteer emergency medical technician. Sheldon-Dean received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Vermont and his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Texting and E-mail with Patients -- Meeting Patient Requests and Complying with HIPAA

Description: This session will focus on the rights of individuals under HIPAA to communicate in the manner they desire, and how to decide what is an acceptable process for communications with individuals.  The session will explain how to discuss communications options with individuals so that you can best meet their needs and desi...

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HIPAA and Business Associates — New Guidance, New Liabilities, and New Compliance Limits

Updates to the HIPAA regulations now being enforced contain numerous changes based, for the most part, on The HITECH Act passed in 2009.  Some of the most significant changes have to do with how Business Associates of HIPAA covered entities are treated under the regulations.  HIPAA Business Associates are now covered directly un

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HIPAA Privacy Rule Changes and Guidance - What to Focus On and What’s New in 2019

Background: This session will focus on understanding what are the changes in rules and in the healthcare landscape that a HIPAA Privacy Officer faces today, and what they should focus on to ensure compliance avoid penalties.  While the rules have been in place for years now, their focus of has changed as technologies and practices

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HIPAA vs. SAMHSA 42 CFR Part 2 -Managing Disclosures of Substance Use Disorder Information

Topic Background: With the current epidemic of opioid abuse, there has been a great deal of publicity around the release of information and the necessity to share information with family and friends to facilitate recovery.  The rules remain in place as-is, but are expected to change in the future.  HHS has issued guidance on

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HIPAA Audit and Enforcement Update - Latest Decisions and What To Expect in 2019

Background: The random HIPAA Compliance Audit program had a year of trial audits in 2012.  The US Department of Health and Human Services reviewed the results of that work and performed a second round of audits, this time including HIPAA Business Associates, beginning in 2016 and concluding in 2017.  The law calls for a perma

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HIPAA Issues with Texting and Mobile Devices in Healthcare — Meeting Privacy and Security Rule Requirements

  Key Points: HIPAA requirements Texting and mobile devices PHI protection Information security Communication security 

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