ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

Mel Soliz Educates Clinical Researchers About Data Privacy Compliance for Substance Use Disorder Studies

Knowing federal health information privacy laws can open doors to different types of data, the Phoenix Association of Clinician Researcher Professionals (ACRP) Chapter tapped attorney Melissa Soliz to educate substance abuse disorder (SUD) researchers about privacy laws at the Embracing Change Conference for Clinical Research. In “Got SUDs?: Using Substance Use Disorder Data for Research,” Mel explained how to comply with HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 for SUD data research and how to structure a clinical data repositories to support SUD quality improvement projects and research studies. Mel’s regulatory health law practice focuses on compliance with data privacy and patient access laws. She assists organizations and health plans in structuring real-world policies, programs and agreements that are compliant with these laws. An active thought leader in...

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Kristen Rosati Reviews a Year of Health Law Updates for AHLA’s Annual Meeting

Kristen Rosati Educates National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine about Patient Rights and Data Privacy

Looking to help oncology workshop attendees understand updates to patient privacy and data rights, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine turned to prominent “Big Data” and HIPAA compliance attorney Kristen Rosati. Kristen spoke during the two-day event: “Opportunities and Challenges for Using Digital Health Applications in Oncology: A Workshop.” Her presentation, “Legal Considerations – Patient Privacy and Data Security,” focused on ethical, security, governance, and payment issues with digital health applications and taught attendees about patients’ right of access to health information and new information blocking and interoperability rules. 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© and Phoenix Health Care “Lawyer of the Year,” Kristen has deep experience in data sharing for research and clinical integration initiatives, health information exchange, and clinical research privacy. She is...

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Scott Bennett Helps In Business Readers Prepare for Pending Consumer Privacy Laws

Scott Bennett Helps In Business Readers Prepare for Pending Consumer Privacy Laws

With the passage of several data protection and privacy laws, both domestically and abroad, businesses should prepare for a federal privacy law that may be on the horizon. Writing for In Business, Scott Bennett outlines actions companies should take to assure customers everywhere that their information is secure. Scott says three steps are of paramount importance: Create and/or update privacy policies – Organizations must have an easily accessible policy that outlines how they keep their customers’ information secure, what they do with it and how long it is kept. Template policies are a good place to start, but companies should tailor them according to their practices. Establish data mapping protocols – Data mapping examines all data a company collects, where it is located and what is...

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ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

Committed to promoting compliance with data privacy and patient access laws, Melissa Soliz has supported My Data Choices (MDC) in its five years of operation. While celebrating its anniversary, the organization recognized her contributions to applied informatics research as a member of its Advisory Board. Formed with a National Institute for Mental Health grant in 2016, MDC helps researchers identify and assess solutions to close the gap between legal privacy rights and patient/provider expectations. During its five years, MDC has published 14 papers, including in the Arizona State Law Journal, the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Mel provides pro bono assistance to numerous organizations, including serving as President of the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys. She assists her clients, rangingfrom innovative...

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ASU College of Health Solutions Lauds Mel Soliz’s Contributions to MDC Advisory Board

Melissa Soliz Educates NALS of Phoenix on Data Privacy Best Practices

Because two-thirds of law firms have experienced a data breach, the National Association for Legal Professionals (NALS) of Phoenix invited Melissa Soliz to educate its members on how to avoid data breaches as well as the implications of cybersecurity, ethics and data privacy laws.   Law firms have a responsibility to understand the risks associated with using certain technologies and to safeguard sensitive information related to the representation of a client. Mel provided detail related to federal, state and international privacy laws, including HIPAA, 42 C.F.R. Part 2, Arizona state confidentiality laws, and California’s Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Mel’s regulatory health law practice focuses on compliance with data privacy and patient access laws (including the new Information Blocking Rule and CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final...

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Jill Chasson and Scott Bennett Pinpoint Work-from-home Risk Management Solutions for Az Business Readers

With work-from-home policies extending indefinitely, businesses must consider unique risks associated with remote workforces. Jill Chasson and Scott Bennett guide businesses toward best work-from-home risk management practices in the latest issue of Az Business. Jill highlights challenges associated with tracking employee hours in a remote setting, encouraging employers to establish procedures or technology solutions to ensure accurate time tracking. Clear communication and enforcement of these processes can help employers refute later claims that employees are owed additional pay. Scott’s comments focus on cybersecurity threats. During the pandemic, there has been an increase in ransomware attacks that include work-from-home employees clicking on malevolent links in phishing emails. Employers can reduce the risk of a ransomware attack by training on how to identify phishing emails and adopting technical measures...

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