March 5-9, 2018   |   Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort  |  Las Vegas, Nevada



Combat Growing Threats with Global Impact

  • Smarter Solutions for Everyone

    Many healthcare organizations have acknowledged the new reality of healthcare cybersecurity: Our assets, people and information are targets. In order to stay ahead of the curve, we need to exchange meaningful and vetted information with our peers – an endeavor that goes beyond acquiring the latest and greatest in security solutions. We must have better know-how to combat these threats and better plans to ensure that our healthcare organizations are not only safe and efficient but also resilient. This forum will examine both challenges and solutions to equip us to work better and smarter in spite of our resource constraints. Explore the current threat landscape, lessons learned from recent events, and best practices for healthcare organizations of all sizes. In addition, healthcare providers and others will share their experiences and insights by providing practical information that healthcare organizations can use to assess and enhance their security programs.

    Learning objectives:

    • Recognize when your organization needs a chief information security officer (“CISO”) and understand how a CISO can do his or her job effectively and efficiently
    • Explain what organizations are doing in light of recent, significant cyberattacks and how they plan to be prepared for the future
    • Discuss the economic aspects of healthcare cybersecurity and what your organization needs to do
    • Explore the potential impacts of medical device cybersecurity
    • Describe how your organization can work better and smarter to enhance its cybersecurity program, despite resource constraints

  • Registration

    Registration is now open. Visit the HIMSS18 conference website to complete your registration for the HIMSS/CHIME Cybersecurity Forum. Registration cost for this program is $350.00.

    You can also book your hotel on the HIMSS18 site. Book your room early, they fill up quickly!

    Staying for HIMSS18? Register by December 18th to secure the early discount rate for the conference and exhibition.

  • Agenda


    Monday, March 5, 2018

  • Speakers


    Karl West, CISO & AVP, Information Systems, Intermountain Healthcare


    Erik Decker, Chief Security & Privacy Officer, University of Chicago Medicine

    Erik Decker is the Chief Security and Privacy Officer for the University of Chicago Medicine, and is responsible for its Cyber Security, Identity and Access Management and HIPAA Privacy Programs.  Erik has 17 years of experience within Information Technology, with 11 years focused on Information Security.  The majority of his career has been focused on Academic Medical Centers; establishing two information security programs and an identity and access management program.

    Erik is the current Vice-Chair of the AEHIS Board, and joined AEHIS in 2015. Within AEHIS, he is the Chair of the Public Policy Committee. This association focuses on educating the CISO and providing cybersecurity resources within the Healthcare sector. Erik’s passion for thought leadership in this industry is evidenced by his roles within his professional associations, leadership of industry driven cybersecurity initiatives, and his many presentations to educational institutions, professional associations, conferences and other seminars. He is currently Co-Leading a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) task group of 100 industry experts across the country for implementing the CISA 405D legislation within the Healthcare sector. This group is charged with “Aligning the Health Care Industry Security Approaches”, as well as implementing several components of the recently federal Cybersecurity Task Force report. He was also awarded the 2017 Chicago CISO of the Year in October, 2017. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University teaching HIPAA Privacy and Security.

    Erik has a Master’s of Science in Information Technology from Loyola University in Chicago and Bachelors degree of the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in Cell and Structural Biology.

    Kris Kusche, CPHIMS, VP & Chief Information Security Officer, Albany Medical Center

    Kristopher Kusche joined the Albany Medical Center in 1993 after earning his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2003, after earning certification as a CISSP, he became Albany Medical Center’s first ISSO tasked with creating its first IT security program. He currently serves as Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Security Officer. In his role, Kris is responsible for all information security related operations, including policy management, regulatory assurance, prevention, monitoring and investigation, as well as security program strategy, planning and deployment. Kris is an expert in biomedical equipment and is responsible for the Medical Center’s Medical Equipment Management Program. Kris has previously served as an Assistant Vice President with responsibility for all Clinical Systems and System Integration and, most recently, as the Vice President of Technology Management with responsibility for data center operations, client/server, midrange and mainframe operations, network engineering, systems testing and assurance, telecommunications, and the IT help desk and end use support groups.

    In addition to his Albany Medical Center responsibilities, Kris holds certification as a CPHIMS, is a current HIMSS Fellow, and served on the HIMSS New York State Chapter Board as President, Past-President, President-Elect, Secretary and interim-Treasurer. Kris has been a leader in many technology and security related committees, including: National Vice Chair of the Technology and Facilities Management Council of the University Healthsystem Consortium, National Chair of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee, member of multiple HIMSS medical device security related task forces, past member of the CPHIMS Technical Committee, and CPHIMS Certification Instructor. Kris is an active Advisory Board member for the ECRI Institute Health Devices program, serves on the Industry Advisory Committee for Excelsior College, and was a faculty member for the University of Phoenix’s Online Campus College of Information Services & Technology.

    Jigar Kadakia, CISO/CPO, Partners Healthcare


    Kevin McDonald, CISSP, Director of Clinical Information SecurityMayo Clinic


    Axel Wirth, CPHIMS, Distinguished Technical Architect, Symantec Corporation


    Bayardo Alvarez, CPHIMS, Director, Information Technology, Boston Paincare Center