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Janice S. Ahlstrom

Director, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CCSFP , RN, BSN
612 876 4761

Janice Ahlstrom brings more than 38 years of healthcare experience to Baker Tilly and is a specialist in delivery of risk, compliance and technology solutions. She began delivering HIPAA services in 2000, HITRUST in 2012, and is a certified HITRUST practitioner. Janice works with healthcare clients regarding internal audit, SOC 1/SOC 2 audits, technology assessment/strategic planning, disaster recovery and business continuity planning. Clients seeking to improve business and technology processes and reduce compliance risk draw upon Janice’s technology, clinical and business acumen.

Janice’s career spans a breadth of organizations — assisting premier healthcare providers, payers, senior service, medical device and pharmacy benefit organizations across the US to assess risk, improve operations and align technology investments to business strategy. In addition to her technology, risk management and management consulting experience, Janice is a registered nurse with 11 years of clinical practice experience as a nurse manager, educator and staff nurse. 

Experience

  • Healthcare risk and compliance management – HIPAA and HITRUST
  • Healthcare internal audit
  • SOC 1, 2 and 3 audit
  • Technology assessment, strategy definition and business alignment
  • Business impact analysis, disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Clinical information systems management
  • Electronic health record application selection and implementation – multiple vendors
  • Lean business process redesign and optimization
  • National healthcare practice leader with multiple consulting organizations

Involvement

  • Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors
  • Institute of Internal Auditors
  • HITRUST Alliance
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Healthcare Information Management Systems Society
  • Women’s Health Leadership Trust

Thought Leadership

  • Co-authored AHIA and Healthcare Informatics articles “HIPAA 5 Step to Ensuring Your Risk Assessment Complies with OCR Guidelines” 2017
  • Author of AHIA article: “Drug Diversion Prevention and Detection Using a Comprehensive Risk and Internal Audit Approach” 2018
  • Presenter, HFMA 2018 Annual Conference, “Healthcare Security Readiness and Maturity Assessment”
  • Contributor for Modern Healthcare article: :Building the Best HIPAA Contingency Plan” 2018
  • Author, WICPA On Balance, “HIPAA Risk Assessment – Getting It Right” 2017
  • Presenter, HIMSS 2017 Midwest Fall Technology Conference, “HIPAA Risk Assessment – Does Your Assessment Adhere to the OCR Guidelines?
  • Presenter, ACUA Webinar 2016, “HIPAA in Higher Ed – Does Your Risk Assessment Get an A+ from OCR?”
  • Presenter HIMSS 2016 Midwest Fall Technology Conference, “Ransomware – An Availability Attack on your Electronic Health Records”
  • Author, HME News, Productivity: Leveraging Lean’s 5S
  • Author, HIMSS, Using the 5S Lean Tool for Healthcare
  • Co-author, WICPA – On Balance, HITRUST – A framework for Healthcare Security and Regulatory Compliance
  • Author, Washington Rural Health Association, “How to Approach Meeting Meaningful Use”
  • Author, “Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Providers”
  • Co-author, CTS Guides, “Best Practices for EMR/EHR Software Selection”
  • Author, CTS Guides, “Planning EMR Software Implementation to Minimize Problems”

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Diploma Degree, Nursing