Amatayakul, MBA, RHIA, CHPS, CPEHR, CPHIE, CPHIT, FHIMSS
Consultant and Project Manager
Amatayakul is a health information management professional with
over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including
providing medical record department services, health informatics
education, association management and advocacy, and information
systems consulting. During her extensive career, Margret has been
actively engaged in many of the major health informatics standards
development organizations, has led industry organizations and consortia
in contributing to the government regulatory process relative to
HIPAA, and has extensive experience in implementing and monitoring
regulatory, accrediting, and industry practice compliance.
Amatayakul received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Record
Administration from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center
and Masters in Business Administration degree, with concentrations
in Finance and Marketing, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
She holds a current credential (RHIA) in Health Information Management
and is a Fellow in the Healthcare Information Management and Systems
is an active member of the American Health Information Management
Association (AHIMA), the Healthcare Information Management and Systems
Society (HIMSS), and the standards development organization - ASTM.
She has served on the board of directors of the Healthcare Open
Systems and Trials (HOST), American National Standards Institute
Healthcare Informatics Standards Board (ANSI HISB), and the Computer-based
Patient Record Institute (CPRI).
founded and served as the Executive Director of the Computer-based
Patient Record Institute from 1992 through 1997. She has also held
the position of Associate Executive Director of the AHIMA, was an
Associate Professor of Health Information Management at the University
of Illinois, and was the Director of Medical Record Services at
the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. She is a clinical associate
professor at the University of Illinois, is a visiting professor
at Kuwait University, and adjunct faculty at the College of St.
quoted and sought after as a speaker on computer-based patient record
(CPR) systems, Margret has published extensively, serves on several
editorial review boards, and is the recipient of the Professional
Achievement Award from the American Health Information Management
Association, the Professional Achievement, Literary, and Distinguished
Service awards from the Illinois Health Information Management Association,
the Information Systems Award from the Healthcare Information and
Management Systems Society, and the Excalibur Award for Teaching
Excellence from the Student Council of the University of Illinois
awareness training on HIPAA administrative simplification requirements
and building the business case for early impact analysis, solution
design, implementation planning, and monitor development.
Assess security policies and procedures for compliance with HIPAA
requirements and consistency with corporate culture.
Conduct security policy audits for consistency with JCAHO and
HIPAA security requirements.
Prepare organizations for security risk analysis to establish
a strategic plan for complying with HIPAA requirements.
Analyze information flow and systems to protect data integrity.
Review vendor offerings for enabling security compliance within
a healthcare framework of confidentiality and availability.
Orient security vendors to healthcare issues and concerns relative
to compliance with HIPAA requirements.
Orient healthcare information systems vendors, recruiters, payers,
and others to HIPAA legislation, current proposed HIPAA regulations,
and impact of HIPAA on their business.
Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), under contract
to draft the report on recommendations and legislative proposals
for the adoption of HIPAA uniform data standards for patient medical
record information, 1999 to present.
American National Standards Institute, Healthcare Informatics
Standards Board (HISB), Past Board Member and Current Observer
ASTM E31 Committee on Healthcare Informatics: current chair, Subcommittee
on EHR System Functionality; member, Subcommittee on Privacy,
Confidentiality, and Access; member, Subcommittee on Data and
System Security for Health Information; member, Subcommittee on
EHR Content and Structure
Computer-based Patient Record Institute (CPRI) - former Executive
Director leading efforts in security guideline development, CPR
concept modeling, terminology standards coordination, and CPR
critical success factors
Health Level Seven, past interim co-chair, SIGMPI
WEDI HIPAA Security Implementation Guideline Development Track
Leader, 1999 to present.
WEDI Policy Advisory Group on HIPAA Privacy, drafting comments
letter to HHS on HIPAA Privacy NPRM, 1999 to present.
Work Group on Computerization of Patient Records, American Hospital
Association, "Toward a National Health Information Infrastructure,"
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, April 1993.
M., "The Interdependence of Privacy, Technology and Compliance",
October 17, 2000, First National HIPAA Summit, Washington, D.C
M. and Lazarus, Steven S., "Four Steps to HIPAA Success: Improved
Cash Flow and Increased Patient Satisfaction", October 15, 2000,
MGMA 74th Annual Conference.
Amatayakul, M., "Nuts and Bolts of Data Sets/Electronic Records",
WEDI 2000 National Conference, March 21-32, 2000, Atlanta, Georgia.
Amatayakul, M. and Lazarus, Steven S., "The HIPAA and E-Health
Trains Have Left the Station: Are you Aboard?", Group Practice
Journal, January 2000.
Amatayakul, M. "The Latest Word on HIPAA Requirements for Security
and Privacy," MD Computing, November/December 1999, Vol. 16, No.
Cohen, MR and M Amatayakul. "A Business Case for HIPAA and E-Commerce,
First Illinois Speaks, A Newsletter from HFMA's First Illinois
Chapter, September 1999, pp. 8-9.
"HIPAA: Understanding Changes in the Health Care Market," Euclid
Managers Legislative Review Conference, September 28, 1999.
"HIPAA Primer for Healthcare IT Recruiters," Hersher Associates,
September 22, 1999.
"Creating Information Security Policies and Procedures," HealthSec
'99, MIS Training Institute, September 15, 1999.
Meeting the Privacy Challenges in the Information Age," American
Association of Health Plans, San Francisco, June 22, 1999.
"A Business Case for Implementing HIPAA Security Requirements:
A Practical Guide," Towards the Electronic Patient Record (TEPR),
Orlando, May 5, 1999.
Computer-based Patient Record Institute, "Chapter Three, Section
5.0, Standards, Processes and Organizations: Setting Standards
in Health Care Information," CPRI Toolkit: Managing Information
Security in Healthcare, Bethesda, MD: CPRI, February 1, 1999.
"Enhanced Social Security Number Proposal for Unique Individual
Identifier, as Proposed by the Computer-based patient Record Institute"
Towards the Electronic Patient Record (TEPR), San Antonio, TX,
May 14, 1998.
"Proposal for Unique Health Identifier for Individuals" ANSI Healthcare
Informatics Standards Board, Scottsdale, AZ, November 21, 1997.
"Security Barriers to Effective use of Internet Technologies:
A Policy Discussion" Center for Healthcare Information Management
(CHIM), Phoenix, AZ, November 21, 1997.
Unique Health Identifier for Individuals" Towards the Electronic
Patient Record (TEPR), Nashville, TN, May 2, 1997.