Garfunkel Wild, P.C. (GW), with offices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, is pleased to announce the arrival of Elaine Zacharakis as a partner in the firm’s Health Care Information and Technology Group.
“We are very fortunate to welcome Elaine to the firm,” said Robert Andrew Wild, GW’s Chair.
Andrew E. Blustein, Vice Chairman and co-chair of GW’s Health Care Information and Technology Group added, “As a leading health care information and technology practice, Elaine will complement our group well and allow us to continue to provide the health care industry with strategic counsel in advancing their technology needs.”
Ms. Zacharakis brings a broad-based practice specializing in technology and privacy law, corporate and regulatory health care. She has extensive experience negotiating a variety of health care and technology agreements. She is also the current chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section’s eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group and a member of the legal task force at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Ms. Zacharakis comes to GW after maintaining her own health, technology and privacy law firm for 14 years.
“What makes Elaine unique is that beyond her legal expertise, she continually provides insight into the broader business impacts of these contractual relationships to ensure that we are prepared to be compliant operationally. Her work is thorough and timely and she will be an asset to any health care client,” said Patricia Huschle, Regional Director at CVS Health.
Over the past 15 years, Ms. Zacharakis has represented the full spectrum of health care entities, including health insurance companies, managed care organizations, hospitals, physicians, home health organizations, ambulatory surgery centers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, pharmacy benefit managers and disease management organizations.
GW’s Health Care Information and Technology Group assists health care institutions and professionals in reviewing, negotiating and drafting IT hardware and software agreements, as well as hosting arrangements and other technology platforms. The Group also provides advice to regional health information organizations/ health information exchanges, and other organizations regarding the laws and regulations affecting health care technology, including incentive funding requirements applicable to electronic health records.
“The addition of Elaine reaffirms our commitment to client service,” noted Terence A. Russo, co-chair of GW’s Health Care Information and Technology Group. “Her knowledge and experience will enhance our expanding practice and provide our clients with continued support and guidance in the evolving technology environment.”
Since 2004, Ms. Zacharakis has been 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 received her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University.