Boston, MA
Dec. 5-7, 2016
Editor in Chief
Healthcare IT News

Tom Sullivan writes the Innovation Pulse column for Healthcare IT News, and drives coverage of the HIT, people, policies and technologies underpinning the next generation of healthcare in America, from large health networks all the way down to solo practitioners and, of course, the most important aspect: patients. 

Prior to HIMSS Media, Tom was News Editor of IDG's InfoWorld, directing a dozen reporters' coverage for the weekly print publication and daily website. He is a Neal finalist and multiple ASBPE award-winner whose work has appeared on CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance News, and a range of technology publications, including Computerworld and PCWorld.

December 5, 2016
10:15am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom

In this kick-off panel, senior security officers from leading healthcare organizations assess the state of the industry. Where are we, and where do we need to go? Where is healthcare falling short when it comes to securing data and protecting patient privacy - and where is it succeeding? What were their biggest initiatives in 2016, and what are their priority projects for 2017? From ransomware to insider threats to selling security to the board to BYOD, healthcare security leaders have their hands full.

In this session, our panelists will discuss how they’re juggling these myriad challenges, and what they see as the keys staying one step ahead of hackers and other threats.

December 6, 2016
9:00am - 9:05am
General Session
December 5, 2016
3:20pm - 3:50pm
Grand D

Just how vulnerable is your organization’s network? In this session, two highly experienced ethical hackers draw upon their years of experience to address that exact question. In what is sure to be an eye-opening 30-minutes, the two “white hats” will discuss the top vulnerabilities they find when penetrating testing computer networks. With healthcare breaches on the rise, this information will give attendees plenty to think about—and provide insight into whether their networks are as safe as they could be.

December 6, 2016
3:50pm - 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom

As more data from medical devices is fed into EHRs on a provider’s network, finding ways to secure and protect the devices from viruses and other cyber threats has become a vital part of any comprehensive security program.

But securing these devices is a tough nut to crack for a number of reasons. Many are not managed by the IT department; clinicians are often resistant to new security safeguards that may impact their workflow; medical device vendors are often unresponsive to requests for security upgrades to existing software; and some of the upgrades can be prohibitively expensive.

In this session, senior security officers at three major healthcare systems share with attendees their approach to securing medical devices.

Among other things, they’ll address:

  • Practices for assessing and mitigating medical device risks
  • Processes for approving requests for new medical devices
  • Responding to infected devices
  • Vendor management
  • Educating clinicians and administrators to the security risks medical devices pose.
December 7, 2016
8:30am - 8:35am
General Session

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