Zacharakis, Elaine

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Elaine Zacharakis


111 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021
P: 516-393-2589

Health Care Information and Technology

Notre Dame Law School
Columbia University
(B.S., 1988)

New York


Innovation in Teaching Award, John Marshall Law School

American Bar Association
Chair, Health Law Section’s eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group
New York State Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society

Elaine Zacharakis specializes in technology and privacy law, managed care, corporate health care transactions and health care regulatory matters. Over the course of her career, Ms. Zacharakis has represented the full spectrum of health care entities, including hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, health technology vendors, health insurance companies, managed care organizations, physicians, home health organizations, ambulatory surgery centers, pharmacy benefit managers and disease management organizations.

Representative Matters:

Some of Ms. Zacharakis’ representations include:

  • Representation of numerous healthcare entities in:
    • Negotiating their health portal and health care exchange agreements, and
      information technology agreements.
    • Digital/internet matters and information technology matters.
      IT department personnel and security officers on a variety of technology contracting matters.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 health care company on privacy compliance matters.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and medical device company in the establishment of their HIPAA compliance program.
  • Served as privacy counsel to establish policies and procedures, data use agreements and HIPAA business associate agreement templates for a business associate.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical and medical device company in the draft of their fraud and abuse policies.

Prior to joining Garfunkel Wild, Ms. Zacharakis maintained her own health, technology and privacy law firm, served as in house counsel with Baxter Healthcare Corporation and consulted and programmed management information systems with Accenture.
Ms. Zacharakis is the current chair of the ABA Health Law Section’s eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group and member of the legal task force at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). From 2004 to 2016, Elaine was an adjunct professor at the Beazley Institute for Health Law at Loyola Law School and the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law at the John Marshall Law School. She is a prolific writer and speaker.

Ms. Zacharakis graduated from Columbia University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science in 1988 and Notre Dame Law School in 1994.

Speeches and Events

  • What Health care organizations need to know about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), HIMSS webinar, March 22, 2018
  • Cutting Edge Health Technology Compliance Issues: The Double-Edged Sword, HIMSS18, March 5, 2018 Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, ABA Emerging Issues Conference, February 23, 2018
  • Anatomy of a Business Associate Agreement, ABA webinar, January 19, 2018
  • Digital Internet Privacy, Privacy Fundamentals Program, PLI December 20, 2017
  • Mobile Devices, Cloud Computing---the new frontier in health information technology, ABA Emerging Issues Conference, March 2017
  • HIPAA Fundamentals – Perspectives from Different Industry Perspectives, ABA Webinar, October 13, 2016 Big Data: Big Benefits, Big Burdens, ABA Webinar, March 16, 2016
  • Does Anyone Still Care About Privacy? An Ethical Analysis of Privacy Principles in Today's Information Age, ABA Emerging Issues Conference, March 3, 2016
  • ABA HIPAA and HITECH Act Fundamentals, ABA webinar, June 18, 2015
  • ABA HIPAA and HITECH Fundamentals, ABA Webinar, June 14, 2014
  • National Health Privacy: Foundational, Legal & Ethical Considerations, Lawline - March 30, 2014
  • Ethical Issues with Health Care Privacy, Lawline - filmed on November 5, 2013
  • Understanding your Rights under HIPAA and Comparing the US to other countries, League of Women Voters – October 18, 2013.
  • ABA HIPAA and HITECH Fundamentals, ABA Webinar, June 13, 2013
  • Moderated “League of Women Voters” Health Educational Session entitled Getting Ready for the Affordable Care Act: Health Care in 2014, March 2, 2013
  • ABA HIPAA and HITECH Act Fundamentals: What You Need to Know Now About the Privacy and Security Rules,
  • HIPAA and HITECH Fundamentals Webinar, June 7th, 2012
  • HIPAA and HITECH: Which Direction Should We Go?, IAHA 29th Annual Health Law Symposium, October 25, 2011
  • Moderated the Data Breach Panel for a Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) program entitled “Dancing with the Feds,” First Illinois HFMA Compliance Program, February 10, 2011


  • 21st Century Cures Act – Summary of this New Bipartisan Legislation, The Health Lawyer, June 2017