Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Cynthia Nappa, R.N., B.S., MBA, Office of Institutional Privacy
Location: Suite 200, Madison Towers, 600 Presidential Plaza
Phone: 315 464-6135
Fax: 315 464-6131
Email: nappac@upstate.edu

Shawn O'Reilly, CISA, CISM, Information Security Coordinator
Location: Room 302, Campus West Building
Phone: 315 464-4093
Fax: 315 464-7888
Email: oreillys@upstate.edu

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 has had a very real and direct impact on how we conduct business. These regulations require health care providers, such as Upstate Medical University, to make significant changes in the manner in which we manage the flow of health information.

Ongoing compliance efforts have been well underway at both the SUNY level and at Upstate Medical University which entails interpreting and understanding the HIPAA regulations, assessing current practices, developing implementation plans, and establishing a program for monitoring and compliance.

We recognize the valuable role our workforce plays in helping us to safeguard and protect the privacy and confidentiality of health information. To assist in our organization-wide compliance efforts this website will provide valuable information related to HIPAA and initiatives undertaken at Upstate Medical University to meet the HIPAA challenge!