Craft Our Community, Join a Committee

By Will Long, VP & CISO, Children’s Medical Center 

As we enter 2019, I’m pleased to review several great committees you can get involved in over the course of the year. Most of these committees meet for one hour a month, with a limited number of deliverables in between meetings for members to follow up on. As a long-time member of the AEHIS Education Committee, I can vouch for the impact our members have on the programs we develop and the expertise CISOs and security leaders lend back to their peers through committee engagement.

As a CISO with a jam-packed schedule, I’ve managed to devote an hour per month to AEHIS committees, and the networking and collaboration have helped build my network and develop industry knowledge and professional skills. Please take a moment to find a committee below that interests you and sign up via the webform at the bottom of the page.

AEHIS Committees in 2019

Education Committee
Led by Carter Groome from First Health Advisory Solutions, this group solicits presenters and topic ideas for webinars, podcasts, and other AEHIS media events. They act as subject matter experts for review of material and speaker opportunities. As the need arises, they periodically review KnowledgeHub submissions and best practices when there is a need to review submitted content.

Fall Summit Planning Committee
Set to embark on 2019 planning around March or April, this committee is integral in planning our annual event every year. Members will assist in soliciting speakers, advise on agenda and event opportunities, assist in logistics and marketing, and help to plan the annual AEHIS Fall Summit. This year, the AEHIS 2019 Fall Summit takes place in Phoenix in early November.

Medical Device Working Group
Led by Kris Kusche from Albany Medical Center, who is involved with medical devices across many professional associations, this group aims to develop best practices associated with medical device cyber hygiene. In cooperation with CHIME and AEHIS public policy arms, they also aim to promote developed best practices and work to advocate for improved pre- and post-market controls of medical devices.
Committee Chair: Kris Kusche, Albany Medical Center

Certification Exploration & Development Committee
Col. Brad Marsh and Toby Gauker, along with Ashley Jester, CHIME’s professional development specialist, are leading the charge toward an AEHIS certification highlighting expertise in healthcare information security. As a member of this committee, you would work alongside members to explore a vision and develop a certification for AEHIS members in a similar capacity to the CHIME CHCIO credential.

Outside AEHIS – get involved in industry development and public policy!

Joint Cybersecurity Working Group

The Joint CWG is a public-private partnership working group with many healthcare associations representing industry (such as AEHIS, HIMSS, and others) and U.S. Health and Human Services agencies representing the government. Over 50 associations are members of this group. AEHIS has a leadership role in this Joint CWG and can extend many opportunities to get involved to our members. In 2018 the group will be focusing on tackling imperatives as highlighted by the Cybersecurity Task Force Report. As AEHIS continues to fortify its leadership role within HHS, we highly encourage members to participate in these initiatives, and look for your involvement.

Please take a moment to sign up for a committee that interests you. By the middle of January, you should receive further communication regarding committee kickoffs, meeting times and other committee documents.


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