Former Investigator with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights Joins Ice Miller LLP’s Data Security and Privacy Practice
Ice Miller LLP enthusiastically welcomes Deepali Doddi, an associate in the Data Security and Privacy practice. As a former investigator with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Deepali has significant experience in investigating regulated entities for compliance with federal health information privacy and security laws and regulations. Using her deep experience in this area, Deepali advises regulated entities regarding best practices for safeguarding data and ensuring compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and the Breach Notification Rule. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) through that organization.
“We’re excited to have Deepali join us as the newest member of Ice Miller’s Data Security and Privacy Practice,” said Data Security and Privacy Co-Chair Stephen Reynolds. “Her breadth of knowledge and prior experience as an investigator with the Office for Civil Rights uniquely situates her to advise clients—particularly in the healthcare industry—on privacy and security policies and procedures, risk analyses and risk management plans, incident response plans, business associate agreements, and compliance with HIPAA.”
Before joining Ice Miller, Deepali served as a federal investigator with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in Chicago, Illinois for more than five years. During her time at OCR, Deepali enforced the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules against covered entities and their business associates. Most notably, Deepali conducted investigations of large breaches of protected health information involving such issues as theft, loss, and unauthorized access through cyberattacks. As part of her enforcement efforts, she advised various entities regarding best practices for safeguarding data, responding to security incidents, and developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the HIPAA Rules.
Deepali also has experience in drafting and negotiating formal settlement agreements and corrective action plans to resolve indicated noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules, and she served as the lead investigator in the North Memorial Health Care case, which resulted in a monetary settlement of $1.55 million.
In addition to her HIPAA work, Deepali contributed to OCR’s administrative rulemaking under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in covered health programs and activities.
“As a Certified Information Privacy Professional and with her extensive background in HIPAA related work, Deepali will be able to help Ice Miller build solutions for its clients by speaking directly with their most experienced healthcare employees to identify and understand issues as quickly as possible,” said Steve Humke, chief managing partner at Ice Miller LLP.
Deepali received her juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School. While in law school, Deepali served as an executive articles editor for the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and English from Northwestern University.
Deepali is admitted to practice in Illinois.
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