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Regional Privacy Officer OCA

Req ID:  3242



Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. 
Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Job Description

Under HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability Act of 1996) every healthcare organization must designate a privacy official. The privacy official may have other titles and duties in addition to his/her privacy official designation in a typical practice or organizational setting. In terms of HIPAA compliance, the privacy official shall oversee all ongoing activities related to the development, implementation, and maintenance of the practice/organization’s privacy policies in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. HIPAA for purposes of this document includes HIPAA, HITECH, and Omnibus requirements.


Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) furthermore requires its Privacy Officer to address Privacy as a comprehensive compliance topic covering employee data, and third-party data.


The Olympus Regional Privacy Officer OCA (RPO) is responsible for leading the organization’s regional Privacy Program in the Americas including but not limited to daily operations of the program, development, implementation, and maintenance of policies and procedures, monitoring program compliance, investigation and tracking of incidents and breaches and insuring patients’ rights in compliance with federal and state laws. The RPO will also work in close alignment with the other RPOs and be responsible for supporting and providing Privacy direction and guidance to the global Therapeutic Solutions Division.

Job Duties

* Builds and maintains a strategic and comprehensive privacy program that defines, develops, maintains and implements policies and processes that enable consistent, effective privacy practices which minimize risk and ensure the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) and other types of personal data namely those of employees an third parties in paper and/or electronic, across all media types.


* Ensures privacy forms, policies, standards, and procedures are up-to-date and fully aligned with global standards.


* Works with organization OCA senior management, IT security and the OCA Chief Compliance Officer to establish governance for the privacy program.


* Collaborate with the OCA information security officer to ensure alignment between security and privacy compliance programs including policies, practices, investigations, and acts as a liaison to the information systems department.


* Establishes, with the OCA information security officer, an ongoing process to track, investigate and report inappropriate access and disclosure of protected health information. Monitor patterns of inappropriate access and/or disclosure of protected health information.


* Conducts related ongoing compliance monitoring activities in coordination with the organization’s other compliance and operational assessment functions.


* Takes a lead role, to ensure the organization has and maintains appropriate privacy and confidentiality consents, authorization forms and information notices and materials reflecting current organization and legal practices and requirements.


* Participates in the development, implementation, and ongoing compliance monitoring of all business associates and business associate agreements, to ensure all privacy concerns, requirements, and responsibilities are addressed.


* Works cooperatively with the Health Information Management (HMI) Director or equivalent role in the medical affairs organization and other applicable organization units in overseeing patient rights to inspect, amend, and restrict access to protected health information when appropriate.


* Manages all required breach determination and notification processes under HIPAA and applicable State breach rules and requirements.


* Establishes and administers a process for investigating and acting on privacy and security complaints. * Performs required breach risk assessment, documentation, and mitigation. Works with Human Resources to ensure consistent application of sanctions for privacy violations.


* Initiates, facilitates and promotes activities to foster information privacy awareness within the organization and related entities.


* Works with organization administration, legal counsel, and other related parties, to represent the organization’s information privacy interests with external parties (state or local government bodies) who undertake to adopt or amend privacy legislation, regulation, or standard. ·


* Cooperates with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights, State regulators and/or other legal entities in any compliance reviews or investigations.


* Serves as information privacy resource to the organization regarding release of information and to all departments for all privacy related issues.

Job Requirements


* License to practice law in a state of the USA and preferably a bachelor’s degree in (health) information management or data security.


* Knowledge and experience in state and federal information privacy laws, including but not limited to HIPAA.



*  Recommended privacy certification such as Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) and/or other healthcare industry related credential, e.g. RHIA, RHIT or equivalent professional certifications by the International Associations of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).


* Demonstrated organization, facilitation, written and oral communication, and presentation skills.


* Demonstrated skills in collaboration, teamwork, and problem-solving to achieve goals.


* Demonstrated skills in verbal communications and listening.


* Demonstrated skills n providing excellent service to customers.


* Excellent writing skills.


* A high level of integrity and trust.


* Extensive familiarity with health care relevant legislation and standards for the protection of health information and patient privacy.


* Health care legal and operational management skills.


* Regular Travel in the OCA Region and occasional travel to ROW is expected.


* Regular participation in global team meetings, primarily virtual formats and occasional physical presence.

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,500 employees throughout locations in North and South America. For more information, visit

Olympus…True to You. True to Society. True to LIFE.

It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Pennsylvania (US-PA) || Center Valley || 

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