HIMSS Features Many Data Security Sessions

Government Officials, Other Experts Provide Insights The CIO for the Medicare and Medicaid programs and the leader of the federal incentive program for electronic health records are among many speakers who will address data security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference. The convention will be held March 1-4 in Atlanta.

Ryan Brewer, CIO for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Michael Mellor, deputy CIO, will speak on Medicare information security at session 178, to be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. The presentation will outline the transformation of the Medicare security program and describe the lessons others can learn from the process.

Keynoting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, will be David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Blumenthal heads the Medicare and Medicaid incentive program for electronic health records under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The HITECH Act within ARRA includes tougher penalties for data security violations and enhanced enforcement. Blumenthal will provide an update on the ONC's initiatives.

Following is a sampling of other HIMSS sessions and pre-conference events dealing with data security:

  • "Quality, Safety and Meaningful Use in Healthcare Technology: A message from ONC," featuring David Hunt, M.D., chief medical officer, Office of Health Information Technology Adoption, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Physicians IT Symposium, 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.

  • "How to Meaningfully Protect Privacy Without Harming Patients," with Eric Liederman, M.D., director of medical informatics at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Physicians IT Symposium, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.

  • "The National HIT Agenda: A Meaningful Town Hall Discussion," with Elizabeth Johnson, vice president of applied clinical informatics at Tenet Healthcare Corp.; Paul Tang, M.D., vice president and CMIO, Palo Alto Medical Foundation; and Deborah Peel, founder and chair, Patient Privacy Rights. CIO Forum, 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.

  • "EHR Monitoring for Compliance, Security and Privacy," with Feisal Nanji, executive director, Techumen LLC. Session 9, 9:45 a.m. Monday, March 1.

  • "An Automated Approach to Monitoring Access Within Clinical Applications," with Debbie Mikels, corporate manager, confidentiality, and Janie Grillo, corporate team leader, both of Partners Healthcare System. Session 29, 11 a.m. Monday, March 1.

  • "The New Ball Game: HITECH Breach Notification and Disclosure Accounting Rules," with Gerry Hinkley, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and Deven McGraw, director, health privacy project, Center for Democracy & Technology. Session 49, 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 1.

  • "The Legal EHR Touch Points with ARRA," with Michelle Dougherty, director, practice leadership, American Health Information Management Association. Session 130, 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 2.

  • "Direct-to-Consumer PHRs: Security and Privacy Controls Analysis," with Pete Palmer, information security manager, Surescripts. Session 150, 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 3.

  • "How Health Information is Compromised: Understanding Risk and Providing Safeguards," with Matthew Curtin, founder, Interhack Corp., Session 170, 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3.

  • "Assuring HITECH/HIPAA Compliance for Secure and Safe Wireless Healthcare Enterprises," with Todd Cooper, president, Breakthrough Solutions Foundry, Session 171, 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3.

  • "Understanding the Impact of IEC 80001: The Application of Risk Management for IT Networks Incorporating Medical Devices," with Todd Cooper, president, Breakthrough Solutions Foundry, Session 235, 10 a.m. Thursday, March 4.

More information about the HIMSS conference is available at www.himssconference.org.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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