About Us

Mike Semel recently spoke at the following events:
NASA Occupational Health Conference

  • Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • NY State Cyber Security Conference
  • Albany, NY
  • CompTIA ChannelCon IT Industry Association Conference
  • Miami, FL
  • Robin Robins - IT Sales and Marketing Boot Camp Nashville, TN
  • NYS Local Govt IT Director's Association (NYSLGITDA) 
  • Annual Conference
  • Saratoga Springs, NY


Healthcare Business Monthly - AAPC Magazine

Five Lessons Learned From HIPAA Penalties

Cover Story - Journal of Healthcare Compliance

Why Security and Compliance Are Executive Responsibilities

Guest Blog Post - Healthcare Scene - EMR & HIPAA

Don't Blame HIPAA - It Didn't Require Orlando Regional Medical Center to Call President

Mike Semel
CEO & Founder
35-year IT industry veteran; Hospital & K-12 School District Chief Information Officer (CIO); IT solution provider business owner; certified in HIPAA, Compliance, & Business Continuity Planning; nationally-recognized compliance consultant, speaker,  and HIPAA courseware author

Certified Business Continuity Professional
Certified HIPAA Administrator
Certified HIPAA Professional
Certified Health IT Consultant
Certified Security Compliance Specialist

Chair, CompTIA Security Community (retired)

Semel Consulting, September 2012 – present -- President, Chief Compliance Officer
Business Continuity Technologies, June, 2010 – Sept. 2012 -- VP/Chief Security Officer
White Pine County School District, Ely, NV - 2007 - 2012,  - Outsourced School District CIO
XiloCore (online backup & Cloud recovery provider) January 2010 – June, 2010 – Interim Chief Operating Officer
Connecting Point of Las Vegas, 2006 – 2010 -- VP of Business Continuity & Compliance
Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY - 2004 - 2006 - Outsourced Hospital CIO
Databranch, Elmira Heights, NY, 2004 – 2006 -- General Manager        
Chemung Computer, Elmira Heights, NY, 1980 – 2004 -- Owner
2011 “Channelnomics Influencer” Award Winner

Primary Skills
IT Management; Disaster and Business Continuity Planning (certified); assessments for compliance and business continuity;  HIPAA Compliance (certified) & JCAHO compliance; IT Assessments for School Districts; Executive Level consulting; CIO for hire; network design; IT policies and procedures; project management; ROI evaluation; training; Able to create marketing materials, write effective proposals, write executive level reports; IT costs control & budgeting; IT investment justification; able to effectively communicate technology with non-technical executives

Professional Summary
CHSP (Certified HIPAA Security Professional, 4Medapproved.com) -- co-authored courseware that has been professionally reviewed & qualifies for Continuing Education Units
CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional # 11055, Disaster Recovery Institute International) – Nov. 2007 - completed Business Continuity Plan for $ 4 billion credit union and many smaller businesses
Certified HIPAA Professional (HIPAA Academy) – have conducted many HIPAA Security Rule assessments and compliance projects including medical offices, hospitals, government agencies; led compliance assessment teams for 3 Nevada school districts and HIPAA assessments for a New York county; Maryland State Agency; hospital; medical practices
Certified Security Compliance Specialist 
Member, FBI Infragard
Outsourced Chief Information Officer (CIO,) White Pine County School District, Ely, NV, 2007 – 2012 responsible for maintaining all network infrastructure; helped district qualify for over $ 1 million in E-rate discounts
Apple Education Sales Consultant, 1990 – 1991, responsible for $ 10 million in Apple Sales, Support, and Service to educational institutions in New York and Pennsylvania
ASCII Resident Expert (retired)– Business Continuity, Healthcare, Compliance, Security
Elected Chair, CompTIA IT Security Community (retired)
Chief Information Officer (CIO,)  Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY,  2004 - 2006 – increased IT reliability and flexibility, reduced downtime to zero; lowered IT department operating budget by 32% over 2 years; HIPAA compliance
Business Solutions Magazine cover story; Hewlett-Packard Success Story; and D-Link Case Study
30 years managing between 7 and 30 network engineers & service technicians
18+ years experience in IT manufacturer and industry Advisory Councils- Compaq, Ingram, Xerox
Served on Executive Level advisory panels for two multi-billion $$ companies
Managed Work at Home implementation for Corning Incorporated
Chaired Software Development Team—Intelligent Electronics Service Management Software
Chaired Software Selection Team—Ingram Micro National Service Network
Computing Channels Magazine—wrote 4,000 word cover story
Corning Community College Computer Repair Technology Advisory Committee
Conference speaker—numerous conferences, audiences up to 800 people
Computer Technology Industry Association Security Trustmark Development Team, 2008
Co-Author—The CompTIA Security Trustmark Quick Reference Guide, 2009
Article – How to Write Winning Proposals, CompTIA, 2011
Article -- Are You A Security Threat to Your Clients?, ChannelInsider, 2011
Article – Protecting your Country While Protecting Your Clients, ChannelInsider, 2011
Article – Disruptions, Disasters do happen in Las Vegas, LVLCC Comunicacion, 2011
Webinar – Vertical Markets You Can Attack for Profit & Recurring Revenue, MSPU University, 2011
Syracuse University – Public Relations/Print Journalism
Franklin-Covey—Helping Clients Succeed
Healthcare / Compliance
New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technician (1977 - 1996)
Past Chairman, Chemung County Emergency Medical Services Fire Advisory Council
Schuyler Hospital CIO -- Managed IT & HIPAA compliance for 400-employee hospital
HIPAA Academy – Administrator Certification
HIPAA Academy Certified HIPAA Professional
EC First – Certified Security Compliance Specialist
Emergency Services
Hazardous Materials Instructor, New York State Academy of Fire Science (1982 – 1987)
Rescue Captain, Emergency Medical Technician, West Elmira Vol. Fire Department (1975 – 1995)
Safety Director, Watkins Glen International racetrack (1975 – 1986)
Rescue Specialist, Indycar Safety Team (1981 – 1999)
Chairman, Chemung-Schuyler Red Cross Emergency Community Services (1985 – 2001)
Past Board of Directors, Chemung Schuyler Red Cross (1987 – 1993)