Boston, MA
Dec. 5-7, 2016
Chief Information Officer
Boston Children's Hospital

Daniel J. Nigrin, MD, MS, is the senior vice president for information services and chief information officer at Boston Children's Hospital, assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a senior staff member of the Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP), and an active and practicing member of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital.

Nigrin received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins University in 1987 and 1991, respectively, and then pursued his pediatric residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, which he completed in 1994. He then did simultaneous fellowships in Pediatric Endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital and in medical informatics through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, receiving a Master's degree in medical informatics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. Nigrin joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1995, and he is board-certified in pediatric endocrinology and clinical informatics.

Nigrin's research interests developed at CHIP include large-scale clinical data mining and electronic patient-physician communication systems. In 1998, he was awarded First Prize in the student paper competition at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Symposium, and in 2000, he was a finalist for Best Overall Paper at the AMIA Symposium. In 2005, Computerworld Magazine chose Nigrin as one of its 100 Premier IT Leaders. In 2010, HIMSS Analytics awarded Children’s Hospital Boston a Stage 7 designation on its EMR Adoption Score, one of only 55 Hospitals and 11 organizations worldwide to do so at that time. In 2013, he was recognized by Healthcare IT News as one of the year's nine H.I.T. Men & Women, in the Enhancing Patient Care Through IT category.

As chief information officer at Boston Children's Hospital, Nigrin is responsible for all clinical, research, teaching and administrative IT systems at one of the world's preeminent institutions for pediatric clinical care and research, serving over 10,000 individuals. As a practicing physician, medical informatics researcher, and information technology executive, he is in a unique position to put into practice cutting edge technologies and ideas developed by CHIP and other biomedical informatics centers of excellence, bringing advances to patient care practice, quality, and research, but all the while keeping in mind the needs and workflows of busy clinicians.

December 7, 2016
1:30pm - 2:10pm
Grand Ballroom

In early 2014, the activist hacker group Anonymous launched an all-out attack on Boston Children's Hospital. The assault was aggressive and attempted to penetrate the hospital’s network through spear phishing emails and direct attacks on exposed ports and services. In his forum case study, Senior Vice President and CIO Daniel Nigrin, MD, will recount the attack with all its twists and turns. He’ll explain how his team combatted it, and share best practices and lessons learned in real time. These include understanding your organization’s dependence on email and developing workarounds if it has to be shut down; and planning for the possibility of losing internet connectivity. Keys to successfully rebuffing such an attack include:

  • A well-trained and dedicated staff
  • Support of a multidisciplinary team
  • The resources and expertise of your internet service provider and 3rd party partners.

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