February 1, 2017

4 Things to Check Out at HIMSS17

Kira Caban, Director of Communications, Protenus

HIMSS17 is just a month away.  As attendees are researching which sessions and networking events to attend, we’ve scoped out the very best and have put them in one place for your convenience.  

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1. Cybersecurity Forum

The HIMSS17 Cybersecurity Forum, presented by HIMSS and CHIME, is an add-on session taking place before the official kick-off of the conference. This all-day session is sure to be valuable, as the event will explore lessons learned, current challenges, and the road ahead for cybersecurity in healthcare. Hear from healthcare providers, business associates, and others about their experiences with health data protection, how they are protecting patient privacy, and how they have improved their security posture.  

Here are the Forum details:

Sunday, February 19, 2017
8:00am - 4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Orlando
Fee: $350/member; $395/non-member

2. Sessions that equip your healthcare organization to better protect patient privacy

The cybersecurity and privacy & security track of sessions offered at HIMSS17 will no doubt be a great resource for healthcare organizations who recognize the need to improve their security posture in 2017.

Here are a few must-attend sessions that will provide valuable insight into the health data breach landscape and how to improve your healthcare organization’s security posture.

Added bonus - these sessions count towards earning Continuing Education Credits!

HIPAA Privacy, Security - Lessons From 2016 and What’s Next for 2017

If you want to review lessons learned from OCR in 2016 and what might on the horizon for 2017, this session is a must.  OCR marked a record year with respect to HIPAA settlements, launched phase 2 of HIPAA’s permanent audit program, and issued comprehensive policy guidance. Guidance was provided on topics ranging from the individual’s right to health information, ransomware, HIPAA and the cloud, to reducing cybersecurity risks. This session will highlight key HIPAA enforcement and policy developments in 2016 and provide an overview of what stakeholders can expect OCR’s Health information Privacy Division to focus on in 2017.  

This session will be presented by Deven McGraw, JD, MPH, LLM, Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy for HHS office for Civil Rights.

February 20, 2017
10:30-11:30am
Room: W307A
Session ID: 9

Transforming a Privacy Program with Advanced Data Analytics

Learn from people who’ve gone before you.  The CMIO of Johns Hopkins, Peter Greene, is leading this session on how Johns Hopkins formulated a new and different approach to the challenge of detecting health data breaches.  They discovered that the legacy approach to detecting privacy violations too often relied on rules-based analytics systems that often overburdened privacy officers with alerts and were only a minor improvement over manual detection methods.  Learn how Johns Hopkins implemented a clinically-aware security program to bring together hospital assets, data, and leadership to better protect patient data.  The privacy team can now focus solely on true threats to patient privacy and health data security.  This session will explore how Hopkins is eradicating insider threats, eliminating false positives, and creating a robust security posture that patients can count on.

This session is a must. When Dr. Greene presents, people take notice.

February 21, 2017
8:30-9:30am
Room: W331A
Session ID: 74

Stealing your life!

Data breaches result in the escape of an alarming amount of personal information that can be used to steal someone’s identity which is then used for medical treatments, fraud, etc.  This session will discuss the recent major data breaches in the U.S. including the type of breach, how the breach occurred, and what the response was.  It will also take a look at what hackers and cybercriminals do with the stolen data.  The vulnerability of the workplace, cyber soft spots in the office, and that 30% of data breaches come from human error will also be discussed.

This session is presented by Frank Abagnale, President of Abagnale and Associates and Karly Rowe, Senior Director of Product Innovation for Experian Health.

February 20, 2017
3:00-4:00pm
Room: W320, Chapin Theater
Session ID: 58

3. Visit the exhibition hall to find the best in health data protection

If you’ve ever been to the annual HIMSS conference before, you know that the exhibition hall is huge.  In order to conquer this part of HIMSS17, you will need to plan ahead and create a priority list of booths to visit while there.  We recommend allocating a certain amount of time each day to tackle a different wing of the exhibition hall to make sure you’ve covered every square foot.

Here are some noteable booths you want to be sure to hit:

Cognosante - Booth #3323

Cognosante provides consulting, technology, and BPO services to healthcare organizations specializing in Health Reform initiatives.  An additional perk of stopping by this booth is the opportunity to interact with two Cognosante partners, Protenus and Upstream health systems, who will showcase their technology.  Stop by one booth and scope out three solutions in one swoop — a win-win for sure!

HIMSS Media - Booth #2123

As one of the fastest growing B2B media groups focused exclusively on the healthcare and technology market, they will be a great stop during your journey through the exhibition hall.  Their publication is always a great resource within the industry.  Stop by to find out how your organization can get involved.

4. Great networking events include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the HIMSS Opening Reception 

HIMSS17 has gone the extra mile this year and has reserved the entire Wizarding World of Harry Potter for a huge party taking place on Wednesday evening at Universal Studios. Attendees will have unlimited access to some of the most popular attractions, and light food and refreshments will also be served. This is an add-on to your full registration. The experience costs $65, but if you’re a Harry Potter fan, it will be a great cap to an awesome week.

Enjoy HIMSS17 and be sure to subscribe to our blog to make sure you’re first to receive information about health data security.

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