HIMSS and Healthcare IT News announce privacy & security forum

HIMSS, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and Healthcare IT News, the industry's leading news source for health IT, have partnered to present The Privacy & Security Forum. The event will bring together CIOs and IT executives for a day-and-a-half of collaboration, networking and presentations by leading health IT professionals, industry thought leaders and key government officials.

The forum will be held Dec. 12-13 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.

"CIOs and IT executives at hospitals, physician practices, integrated delivery networks and other healthcare facilities face a wide range of security issues and challenges on a daily basis," said Jack Beaudoin, CEO of MedTech Media, publisher of Healthcare IT News. "Attendees will leave The Privacy and Security Forum better able to develop and implement privacy and security initiatives at their facilities, a critical component to the continued success of the healthcare industry nationwide."

Confirmed speakers for the forum include: John Halamka, MD, chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School; Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services; Tim Zoph, senior vice president, administration, and CIO of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare; Darren Lacey, chief information security officer and director of IT compliance at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine; Jennings Aske, chief information security officer of Partners Healthcare; and Lisa Gallagher, HIMSS' senior director, privacy and security.

The Privacy & Security Forum will address data breaches, HIPAA compliance, mobile device security and other important issues by providing a collaborative environment where attendees and speakers can interact, network and learn from one another.

Session topics include:

* HIMSS Annual Security Survey results

* The Healthcare IT News Interviews: Editors talk with industry experts on HITECH and HIPAA

* Best practices for securing mobile devices: Healthcare executives discuss their policies and procedures

* Into the breach: Identifying risks and reducing exposure

* Cloud computing: Maximizing the benefits, minimizing the risks

* Health information exchanges: Privacy policies and technical challenges - What you need to know

* Risk assessment: Meet your facility's needs and prepare for an OCR audit

Industry solutions providers will also be on hand showcasing their products and services to enhance the attendee experience.

For more information regarding The Privacy & Security Forum, please visit www.healthprivacyforum.com .

About Healthcare IT News

Published in partnership with HIMSS, Healthcare IT News is the industry's leading news source, providing healthcare IT and other executives the information they need to implement and harness technology as a means to enhance patient care. Jesse H. Neal award-winning coverage includes clinical and business IT strategies, regulatory updates, and vendor and provider news. Content is published in print and online, as well as through mobile and social media platforms. Online, Healthcare IT News offers daily news coverage, video and slideshows, along with expert and peer blog posts, white papers, webinars, research, career postings and events. In addition, the franchise includes five opt-in e-newsletters and multiple community sites. The newspaper is published in print as well as a digital edition monthly. Visit www.healthcareitnews.com for more information. Healthcare IT News is published by MedTech Media.

About MedTech Media

MedTech Media ( www.medtechmedia.com ) is a privately-held integrated media company based in New Gloucester, Maine. Offering a comprehensive suite of focused news content, MedTech serves the private and public healthcare markets by providing award winning news through print, online, mobile and other platforms. The MedTech Media brands include Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare Payer News, Government Health IT and PhysBizTech. It is also the official publisher of the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition and represents multiple HIMSS media properties.


HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org .