Barbara Demster has been hired by Centennial, Colo.-based patient-data integrity consultants Just Associates, and will lead the company's new privacy and security consulting service.
Previously, Demster held chief compliance and privacy officer positions with companies like Alpharetta, Ga.-based Benchmark Consulting and Healtheon, a Santa Clara, Calif., company that merged with WebMD in 1999. During her 25 years of senior management in healthcare quality and information systems, Demster has led the implementation of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 privacy and security programs for more than 150 covered entities, a news release said.
Demster, who declined to provide her age, is privacy editor for the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society Management Associations Toolkit for Managing Information Privacy and Security in Healthcare, chairwoman of the HIMSS privacy and security steering committee, and was the recipient of the February 2006 Spirit of HIMSS award. She is also a member of the American Health Information Management Association's Privacy and Security Practice Council.