More than 20 corporations are in Denver today to address a significant issue facing Colorado companies and consumers of healthcare: cybersecurity. Colorado's first-annual Health IT Cybersecurity Summit, hosted by SecureSet, Prime Health and Western Cyber Exchange, was designed to address cybersecurity risks within the healthcare industry. Deborah Blyth, chief information security officer (CISO) for the State of Colorado, is kicking off the event at 8:30 a.m. this morning.
Specific topics at the summit include:
- Healthcare information threats
- Information vulnerabilities
- Actionable mitigation strategies
- Security for digital health start-ups
- Improving healthcare operations
- Addressing business risks
"Cybersecurity is radically under-recognized in healthcare today, yet it is one of the most critical areas of health IT because of patient privacy laws, the transition to electronic health records, and the increasing use of cloud technologies in the delivery of healthcare," said Alex Kreilein, chief technology officer for SecureSet, a cybersecurity accelerator and academy and one of the primary organizers of the event. "Our goal is to elevate the cybersecurity conversation to the boardroom, where it should be viewed a significant business operation, not simply an IT operation."
The 100+ attendees of the Health IT Cybersecurity Summit will learn what actions healthcare providers, insurers, enterprises and entrepreneurs are taking to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems and solutions that serve the patient. After the conference, Zayo is hosting a networking event.
"Healthcare is rapidly evolving beyond a simple doctor's visit into telemedicine, mobile apps, wearable tech, genomics, business intelligence, data analytics and much more," said Jeffrey Nathanson, CEO of Prime Health, a Colorado digital health collaborative with more than 1500 members. "All of these new technologies – if delivered correctly – can help us reduce healthcare costs, deliver better care with more positive outcomes and empower patients. However, smart, effective cybersecurity must be built into every piece of the puzzle or all this innovation will be useless, or even dangerous."
The event takes place today at SecureSet's headquarters at 3801 Franklin Street in Denver. Details including the line-up of speakers and the agenda for the Health IT Cybersecurity Summit can be found at https://www.secureset.com/events/2016/1/26/health-it-cybersecurity-summit.
SecureSet is the nation's first cybersecurity accelerator and academy. Headquartered in Denver and supported by experienced and prestigious leaders in government, business, military and higher education, SecureSet is bringing an array of cybersecurity resources together to help innovate the next generation of cybersecurity technology, and educate thousands to fill the nation's cybersecurity job gap. Learn more at www.secureset.com