Paubox Spring Summit Recap: A Uniform Approach to Sharing Assurances and Other Certifications

by Hannah Trum Marketing Specialist

This panel discussion featured Michael Parisi, Brian Kline, Michael Mead, and Howard Rosen. It was moderated by Paddy Padmanabhan, CEO of Damo Consulting. 

Panel overview: Attendees learned from established industry leaders how to demonstrate that they meet various security and privacy requirements such as the HIPAA Security & Privacy Rules, NIST, ISO, PCI, and other standards.

Key takeaways:

  • Certifications have become “table stakes” within the healthcare industry. 
  • Certification processes can be expensive, time-consuming, and have many moving parts. 
  • There is no such thing as a HIPAA certification. HITRUST certifies the implementation of controls, which is the closest thing to a HIPAA certification. 

Key soundbites:

  • “The difficulty with [certification] is really your program management skills.” -Brian Kline
  • “To be honest, it makes everything easier to work with really great auditors. They make a big big difference.” -Howard Rosen
  • “Assess once, report many.” -Michael Parisi 
  • “Secure portals and exposure of portals through the web or an application – I think that will continue. Millennials and Gen X’ers are tech-savvy and like to communicate with doctors on their time.” -Michael Mead

About Michael Parisi

Michael Parisi is the vice president of business development & adoption at HITRUST. He’s a seasoned information security and privacy industry professional. He has served as a lead healthcare industry expert, a national healthcare third-party assurance specialist, and the national HITRUST services lead for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

About Brian Kline

Brian Kline is the compliance and standards lead for Webb Adams — a veteran-owned business composed of cybersecurity and policy professionals well-versed in designing and managing security, privacy, and compliance programs. Kline is passionate about helping clients meet compliance standards and preparing them for industry certifications and attestations such as HITRUST, HIPAA/HITECH, SOC 2, GDPR, and ISO 27001.

About Michael Mead

Michael Mead, BCPA, is the chief operations officer for The Medical Cost Savings Solution, where in just the past three years he has led the effort to save self-pay patients over $1.5 billion in their medical expenses. Before joining MCS, he led top Medicare Advantage programs in the reorganization and the implementation of new systems. 

About Howard Rosen 

Howard is the strategic and visionary leader of LifeWIRE, which he invented and developed as a patented population management communication platform that humanizes digital communication through personalized, responsive interactions between parties like healthcare providers and patients.

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