ClearDATA Co-Founder and Chief Privacy Officer Chris Bowen to Speak at 21st Annual WEDI National Conference

ClearDATA CPO to Highlight Best Practices of Securing PHI in the Cloud

Phoenix, AZ, April 30, 2012 – – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced that its co-founder and Chief Privacy Officer Chris Bowen will be a featured speaker on the topic of “PHI and Cloud Computing” at the 21st Annual WEDI National Conference being held May 1-3, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  Healthcare leaders from across the nation attend the WEDI (Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange) Conference to learn about and address issues of primary concern to the healthcare industry.

“Securing data and patient information is a top priority in our industry and many are concerned of potential security risks associated with moving PHI to the cloud,” said Chris Bowen, Chief Privacy Officer for ClearDATA Networks, Inc. “While safeguarding PHI in the cloud does introduce new security issues, it can also reduce or eliminate many security threats. Done properly, PHI in the cloud can effectively be more secure, and definitely more cost effective, than storing PHI onsite for a healthcare provider.”

WEDI Conference Session Title: PHI and Cloud Computing

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 3:25 PM – 4:55 PM

Grand Hyatt Hotel Tampa Bay, White Ibis Room

Abstract: Cloud Computing has become a popular choice to move/store data while leveraging speed and cost effectiveness. However, covered entities, business associates and all others responsible to keep sensitive date (including PHI) protected and secure have a lot to consider when moving into the cloud environment. Vendors are offering cloud technology; the federal government is mandating its business to move towards the cloud and NIST has been releasing Special Publications regarding cloud computing and security.


Lesley Berkeyheiser, The Clayton Group, Moderator

Lola Jordan, Companion Data Services

Chris Bowen,

Chris Bowen Bio

Mr. Bowen is a managed services and experienced operations and compliance executive providing privacy and security guidance to large IDNs, software companies, and healthcare executives. He is one of only 2,593 Certified Information Privacy Professionals in the United States (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and one of only 621 worldwide with the CIPP/IT certification. He previously founded DirectClarity, a healthcare application services and cloud information security company, that was acquired by ClearDATA, which still provides application and consulting services to large hospitals and foundations throughout the US under his direction. As a co-founder of ClearDATA Networks, Mr. Bowen shared the vision of providing secure, HIPAA compliant cloud hosting services to the healthcare industry and merged his company with ClearDATA.

Formerly Chris was actively involved in public policy and politics at the national and state levels. After successfully running his first congressional campaign at age 24, he authored and shepherded passage of Arizona’s Anatomical Gift Act of 1996, and later completed his MBA while serving as a top advisor to the Arizona Speaker of the House. While employed by the House he was appointed by the Speaker to represent him on the Arizona Internet Privacy Committee, and sub committee on voter privacy.

About the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)

To provide multi-stakeholder leadership and guidance to the healthcare industry on how to use and leverage the industry’s collective technology, knowledge, expertise and information resources to improve the administrative efficiency, quality and cost effectiveness of healthcare information.  For more information, visit:

About ClearDATA Networks

ClearDATA is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs.  ClearDATA’s services enable providers to fully automate and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage. The company provides HITECH HIPAA-compliant cloud and hosting infrastructure and managed services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, information security and world-class support. The company offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services through its U.S. Healthcare Compliance division to the healthcare industry in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: or visit: