UAMS Names Chenault as HIPAA Campus Coordinator

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LITTLE ROCK – Attorney Vera M. Chenault has been named coordinator for issues related to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


Chenault received her law degree in 2006 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology in 2003 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.


At UAMS, Chenault will oversee compliance with the rules established by HIPAA regarding medical records privacy and security. She also will develop and oversee HIPAA training for UAMS employees and serve as the liaison between UAMS and any regulatory or accrediting agency on HIPAA issues.


Prior to joining the UAMS staff, Chenault was with the Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates and Woodyard law firm in Little Rock. There her practice focused on information management and technology, including compliance with HIPAA data security and privacy regulations. While at Mitchell Williams, she regularly published and spoke on e-discovery, information management and data security.


“Vera brings exceptional knowledge, insight and energy to the campus,” said Robert Bishop, vice chancellor for institutional compliance. “She will be a great resource in addressing privacy and security issues.”


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit