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Data Privacy Attorney in Brookline, MA

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Company name

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Data Privacy

Years of Experience

3-5 yrs required


Brookline, MA

Date Last Verified

Jun 12,2018

Posted on

Jan 18,2018

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Privacy Officer Responsibilities: Conduct investigations of privacy-related complaints and respond to privacy-related inquiries from workforce members, patients and/or family members, the compliance hotline or other sources. This work includes responding timely to incidents and inquiries received, documenting the work and actions taken in a central database, and tracking investigations and inquiries. Develop and implement (or oversee implementation of) corrective action plans (including working with Human Resources and managers to ensure consistent application of disciplinary action standards for privacy violations) in response to complaints and investigations. Design, initiate and complete privacy-related projects in furthering the goals and objectives of the Institute’s privacy program. Based on outcomes of privacy-related investigations, report to state and federal authorities, as appropriate, and communicate with patients or individuals when their PHI or PI has been used or disclosed in violation of our standards. Develop, implement, maintain and oversee training and education programs for privacy issues for the Institute, including, for example, new employee orientation, annual online training and department-specific training. Conduct annual privacy risk assessment and develop workplan to address identified risks, including conducting audit and monitoring activities. Cooperate with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and other federal and state entities, in any privacy program audits, inquiries or investigations. Develop, implement, maintain and oversee privacy-related policies and procedures of the Institute and work closely with the ISO to develop, implement and oversee information security-related policies and procedures. Stay current with relevant federal and state privacy laws and regulations and modify the privacy program accordingly to remain compliant, as well as consistent with industry best practices. Enhance professional growth and development by participating in educational programs, distributing and reading current literature and conducting and participating in in-service meetings and workshops. Serve as an Institute resource on the laws, regulations and internal policies pertaining to privacy, health information, and PI for workforce members, departments, the Institutional Review Board, patients, satellite locations, Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care and others, as needed. Collaborate with all members of the Compliance Department to ensure alignment between privacy and other areas of compliance (e.g., research compliance, billing compliance, pharmacy compliance). Work collaboratively with Dana-Farber’s Health Information Services (HIS) to oversee Institute responses to patient requests Provide leadership and direction of privacy-related committees or groups as directed by the VP/Chief Compliance Officer, including serving as co-chair (along with the ISO) of the Information Security and Privacy (IS&P) Committee. Initiate, facilitate and promote communication activities to foster privacy awareness within the Institute. Prepare written documentation, reports, presentations, etc. as required by the profession and the Compliance Department; maintain, distribute, analyze, and collect information for required records, reports and statistics, as directed. Perform any other functions assigned to the Privacy Officer pursuant to policies and procedures regarding privacy or by the VP/Chief Compliance Officer.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and the equivalent of 3-5 years of full-time experience with privacy and confidentiality, health information management, or information security. Preferred: Advanced degree (e.g., JD, MPH), Certification in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) and/or Registered Health Information Administrator. Experience working in an academic medical center. Strong commitment to maintain patient confidentiality and privacy. Knowledge of and experience in working with federal and state privacy laws, including those pertaining to access, release of information, and release control technologies. Commitment and ability to: Work in a team-based environment, Handle patient interactions/communication with extreme care, patience and consideration, and Create an environment with open channels of communication within the Institute with workforce members, patients and others. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and successfully manage multiple privacy investigations and projects simultaneously. Possess excellent organization, attention to detail, facilitation, technical and analytical skills. Can gather relevant information systematically, break down problems into simple components, make sound decisions and provide appropriate, comprehensive advice to target audiences. Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness and offer new ideas, solutions and/or options. Demonstrate discretion, diplomacy, and good judgment. Ability to manage risk in an innovative setting and prioritize work based on risk. Possess strong communication and presentation skills; clearly and concisely express ideas in groups and one-to-one conversations, formal and informal documents. Adapt writing and communications styles to fit the audience. Initiate, develop, and maintain relationships and networks with peer Privacy Officers, privacy-related groups and committees (e.g., Partners Health Care System and Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Center Privacy Officers and related groups). Experience working in a matrixed, mission-based, multi-stakeholder environment. Project management and change management skills; ensuring projects come to fruition from inception to completion. MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint) expertise and knowledge of or ability to learn electronic medical record auditing software.

Additional info

Job ID: 2018-9433

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
10 Brookline Place West,
6th floor
Brookline, MA 02445-7226