The following is excerpted from Theresa Defino’s article in “Report on Patient Privacy”, Volume 22, Number 1 • January 2022
It wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that fans of the late Chris Apgar seem to have run out of words to describe the respected and well-liked HIPAA professional, who formed his own consulting business 17 years ago after serving in privacy and security positions at Providence Health & Services organizations in Portland, Oregon. Ever since Julia Huddleston, Apgar’s wife and partner in Apgar and Associates, shared the news that Apgar had died unexpectedly on Dec. 11, tributes, remembrances, and condolences have poured in.
“Kind, helpful and brilliant” is what Kelly McLendon, chief compliance officer with the consulting firm CompliancePro Solutions, called Apgar. A “man of honesty and integrity,” wrote Gerry Blass, president and CEO of ComplyAssistant. Another person expressed gratitude that Apgar, while on vacation, helped mitigate a ransomware attack.
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