3 Healthcare IT Security Leaders to Serve on AEHIS Board in 2019

ANN ARBOR, MI, Dec. 12, 2018 – The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) announced today that three healthcare IT security leaders will assume terms on the AEHIS Board, effective Jan. 1, 2019. They are:

  • Sri Bharadwaj, director of clinical and business applications and chief information security officer (CISO) at UC Irvine Health
  • Dan Bowden, vice president and CISO at Sentara Healthcare
  • Fabricio Gamboa, Epic security coordinator at Southern Illinois Healthcare

Bharadwaj has over 20 years of governance, risk and compliance expertise and over 12 years of information security experience in healthcare. Prior to joining UC Irving Health, he consulted with Integrated Delivery Networks around accountable care organizations, health information exchanges and population health management. He currently represents the provider community at the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) and is the co-chair of the TG-7 Marketing and Outreach Task Group and a member of the TG-3 Workforce Development Task Group. He also served as the chair of the 2018 AEHIS Fall Summit planning committee.

“Having had privacy and security expertise for many years in healthcare and with experiences such as the WannaCry event, I sincerely believe that we have to broaden our outreach to stakeholders outside our immediate realm of engagement,” Bharadwaj said. “With that said, I would like to contribute to improve AEHIS’s ability to expand participation from all stakeholders, improve ease of messaging to a wide audience while staying focused on enterprise risk management, privacy and security.”

Bowden has led cybersecurity and technology programs for healthcare, higher education, banking, retail, and the military for the past 25 years. He previously served as the CISO for University of Utah Healthcare. Under his guidance, Sentara Healthcare established a Cyber Students Staffing Program to help pave the way for an anticipated work shortage among cybersecurity experts. He also is active on several HSCC Cybersecurity Work Group teams, collaborating with several top healthcare cybersecurity professionals on documented guidance for all health systems to improve cybersecurity capabilities. 

“I’d like to see AEHIS quickly grow and sustain the same status that CHIME has for our industry CIOs,” Bowden said, referring to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which launched AEHIS in 2014. “We have a great core group of cybersecurity leaders who can help us recruit in more interest and participation. I’m one of those who learns a great deal from peers and benefits greatly from participating. I am hoping to demonstrate that value to others.”

Gamboa has 26 years of IT experience, with 18 in healthcare. In 2013 he was the project manager on the implementation of computerized physician order entry, documentation, and served as physician care manager for Southern Illinois Healthcare. He is currently involved in reducing the turnaround time for access when a new person starts working for the organization. He also is a Steering Committee member on Southern Illinois Healthcare’s mission and values team and a mentor to new employees.

“I envision AEHIS advancing the paths of education and collaboration through partnerships and work groups,” Gamboa said. “We could accomplish this by becoming the top go-to organization for all HIT professionals looking for IT security guidance and best practices.”   

The AEHIS Board plays a critical role in steering the overall direction of the association, which provides education, networking and advocacy opportunities for members. “Many hospitals, payers and health systems increasingly realize the value of having a proficient CISO on their team,” said AEHIS Board Chair-Elect Sean Murphy, CISO at Premera Blue Cross. “AEHIS is where those CISOs meet and collaborate. Sri, Dan and Fabricio have demonstrated leadership in their profession and are committed to helping their peers grow and advance in their careers. They will be super impactful additions to our board.”

The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) was launched in 2014 to provide an education and networking platform to healthcare’s senior IT security leaders. With nearly 850 members, AEHIS is advancing the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) through education, collaboration, exchange of best practices and advocacy in support of secure health information for the protection of both healthcare organizations and consumers. For more Information, please visit aehis.org

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 2,800 members in 51 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

Candace Stuart
Director of Communications and Public Relations, CHIME
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