Health Information Management HIPAA Privacy and Security Seminar

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, the San Jacinto College North campus health information management program hosted a HIPAA Privacy and Security Seminar for the campus’ health science students.

Approximately 120 students representing the disciplines of emergency medical technology, health information technology, medical assisting and pharmacy technician attended the event.

The guest speaker for the event was Marisa M. Smith, Ph.D., Regional Manager of the Office for Civil Rights, Southwest Region, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
HIPAA provides certain rights regarding health information and sets limits on who can access and disclose this information. Therefore, it is essential that healthcare professionals and students understand and comply with the HIPAA rules.

According to Carla Ruffins, HIT Program Director, “Dr. Smith delivered an engaging presentation that addressed many of the privacy and security challenges that healthcare professionals deal with every day. We are truly fortunate to have a speaker of this caliber share her time, knowledge and expertise with our students.”

Pictured left to right: Carla Ruffins; Pamela Coleman, HIT student; Marlene Castillo, medical assisting student; Dr. Marisa Smith; Stephanie Chavez, pharmacy technician student and Alex Mora, EMT student.