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FAQ: Who is this guy?

Dennis Melamed
Dennis Melamed
Melamedia, LLC
For more than 30 years, Dennis has written about business and regulatory affairs from the Washington, DC area. In 1989, he established Melamedia, which assisted newsletter and trade magazine publishers in starting new publications and providing editorial content in areas including biomedical and health regulation, intellectual property, environment and energy policy, industrial construction and manufacturing automation.

For reasons we can only guess, in 1997, Dennis decided that Melamedia would start publishing its own newsletters and started Health Information Privacy/Security Alert. The newsletter came in response to the issues and challenges facing the healthcare industry because of the HIPAA Administrative Simplification provisions.

Because of his experience in other industries, Dennis made Health Information Privacy/Security Alert a publication that examines not only the HIPAA privacy and security rules, but regulations and practices in other industries that affect healthcare. Little did he know where that would lead once he started traveling down that road.

For the past 10 years, he has produced and sponsored dozens of compliance seminars on data stewardship and issues confronting clinical trials research.

In the last five years, he has provided research and consulting services for a wide variety of organizations, including the National Governors Association's State Alliance for E-Health. (We will get back to his consulting in a moment.)

He was the lead editor and writer for URAC's three-volume HIPAA Handbook reference set that explains - in English - the privacy, security and electronic transaction rules. For those of you in the know, he actually read the implementation guidelines. He thought the diagrams were useful.

In 2002, Dennis started Drug & Biologic Guidance Watch, a low-cost weekly email service that tracks biomedical regulations and guidance documents from more than 40 countries. Ever practical, Dennis felt that the biomedical industry needed a tool that provided direct access to the primary documents that govern its activities without paying a fortune for the information.

However, Dennis is careful not to say that the cost of trade publications is one reason drug prices have risen so dramatically in recent years.

Dennis also had his encounter with the Internet bubble when he co-founded, an early Internet resource for HIPAA compliance and related topics. For more on that, call him and hear him change the topic.

He is a frequent lecturer on HIPAA and other business and regulatory issues. He has spoken before the Drug Information Association, URAC, the Texas Association of Health Plans, HIPAA Summit 2, World Health Innovation Conference, and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, to name a few.

Whether anyone listened is another matter.

Speaking of lecturing, Dennis is an adjunct professor within the Drexel University College of Medicine, where he lectures on patient data stewardship issues and regulatory affairs affecting the pharmaceutical industry.

Prior to 1989, Dennis was a Washington correspondent for Business Week where he was a general assignment reporter.

His work has been published in a variety of other national publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, The New York Journal of Commerce, Newsday, Congressional Quarterly's Governing Magazine and even American Airlines in-flight magazine.

None of the articles were made into movies, and he still has no film credits.

In the 1980s, Dennis served a stint as a congressional staffer for a nonpartisan congressional caucus. When we say nonpartisan, we mean that both Ted Kennedy and Jesse Helms were members at the same time.

Being in Washington, of course Dennis served as a regulatory affairs consultant and contributing author for projects sponsored by the National Governors Association, Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Calvert Social Investment Foundation. He firmly denies all responsibility for the dust bunnies that were born from those separate reports on U.S. research spending and regulatory policy development and data stewardship.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dennis served his time as a member of the board and ultimately as Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Press Club. He no longer suffers flashbacks.

Dennis received his undergraduate degree in Government from the College of William and Mary. The Pennsylvania State University strongly encouraged Dennis to leave and pursue his career in Washington after he received his Master's Degree in Journalism.

His favorite websites are the Federal Register and Draw your own conclusions.

One more thing. He's married to a beautiful woman who is really patient - or maybe slightly deaf.

He has no food allergies that he is aware of.

Dennis has done other things but insisted that you know enough already.

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