James B. Wener, BSME, MBA
is a Business Systems Consultant
with over 45 years of experience in successfully managing small through very large projects and implementing a large number of computer systems for healthcare, manufacturing, and distribution organizations.
Mr. Wener is a certified HIPAA professional, having performed several HIPAA compliance assessments, staff training programs, writing policies and procedures and developing and implementing HIPAA Breach Programs. Health care clients include Rush/Prudential Health Plans in Chicago, HMO Illinois, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Harris Health Plans in Dallas, HealthFirst in New York and Mercy Health Plans in Wisconsin and Illinois, Mercy Hospital in Chicago and other health maintenance organizations (HMOs).
A Management Systems consultant since 1991, Mr. Wener has a significant record of accomplishment. His Information Technology (IT) projects include the implementation and management of a wide variety of application software systems. He has decades of experience in process automation for payers (health plans, third party administrators or TPAs), providers (hospital and physician groups), Management Service Organizations (MSOs), and clients in other industries. Mr. Wener specializes in:
- Analyzing Operational Flow
- Identifying Information Requirements
- Preparing Vendor Requests for Proposal
- Selecting, Developing, and Implementing Computerized Solutions
- James B. Wener has been an expert witness for several plaintiffs and defendants regarding failed projects, failed system implementations, and HIPAA breaches. His extensive litigation support and expert witness engagements have focused on assisting attorneys in understanding the industrial and best practices related to the facts of their case, preparing the "message" that best represents the client's position, assisting in preparing pleadings, assisting in settlement negotiations, writing expert witness reports understandable to the non-professional, preparing for opposing side depositions, being deposed, and preparing for and appearing at trial.
Areas of Expertise
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- HIPAA Assessments
- Failed System Implementation Projects
- Intellectual Property Damages
- Wrongful Employee Termination
- Project Management
- System Implementation
|Systems Implementation ManagementDisaster Recovery PlanningBreach of Patient PrivacySoftware Company BankruptcyFailed Project ManagementIT Advisor Independence|
Companies invest considerable time, effort and money when selecting and implementing a major mission critical computer system. Successfully completing the process can be complicated and frustrating; as a result, it doesn't take a lot for implementations to fail. The problem is that the business organization that undertook the implementation in the first place is stuck - stuck with the time, money and the inconvenience of not having the system they purchased. The company has not only left without the new system, they are back to using the systems that they originally thought so inadequate that they committed to spending the time and money for a new system.
Implementing a mission critical computer system has a significant impact upon a business organization. Successfully completing the process can be complicated and frustrating; as a result, it doesn't take a lot for the implementation to fail. Once an implementation fails, there is always enough blame to go around. The problem is that the business organization that undertook the implementation in the first place is stuck – stuck with the time, money and the inconvenience of not having the system they purchased. The company has not only left without the new system, they are back to using the systems that they originally thought sufficiently inadequate that they committed to spending the time and money for a new system. Successful litigation will help – but will not make them whole. But worse, a failed litigation only compounds the problem. Preparing the strategy for litigating a failed implementation takes time and thought. This article will take the reader through the development and implement of a litigation strategy that worked and discuss why it worked.
The role of the litigation attorney is to tell a story to the arbiter in such a way to effectively represents the client's position. Often the attorney requires a person with unique expertise to understand and present technical information in a manner that is understandable to the lay person. Attorneys often determine the need for an expert witness after discovery and after depositions have been taken for many of the witnesses. In many cases this is too late for an expert to most effective. My experience as an expert witness has led me to recommend considering the use of an expert at the following times