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HIMSS Unveils New Cybersecurity Hub

HIMSS is equipping the health field to address cybersecurity challenges head-on with its new, interactive Cybersecurity Hub, an immersive learning environment aimed at de-mystifying the evolving cyber threat landscape for executives, healthcare providers, IT professionals, policymakers and the general public.

This first-of-its-kind, in-person exhibit provides visitors with the opportunity to interact with a series of standalone interactive modules, where they will be presented with various security-related scenarios and guided through different vendor solutions for addressing them. The multi-sensory journey demonstrates how various points of care connect through electronic data, the security risks that can be encountered and the latest solutions designed to mitigate risk.

Opening on Oct. 25: The hub is located within the HIMSS Innovation Center, the health IT floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation, in the heart of downtown Cleveland. It will be unveiled to the public with an opening reception on Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. ET. HIMSS North America Executive Vice President Carla Smith is scheduled to speak during the reception, after which attendees will be able to tour the hub. The opening launches a series of events focused on cybersecurity and innovation taking place at the HIMSS Innovation Center between Oct. 22 and 26.   

“A strong cybersecurity framework is critical to our nation’s health infrastructure.  We must protect patients’ safety and providers’ ability to deliver high-quality care,” Smith said. “At HIMSS, it’s our responsibility to help stakeholders understand the breadth of security challenges we face, and to effectively address these challenges. We believe that the educational information, product solutions and resources offered by the Cybersecurity Hub will be an important cornerstone in addressing these significant challenges.”

Meet cyber super hero H. Cymon in her introduction to the HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub

Given the frequency and severity of healthcare-related cyberattacks, many leaders consider cybersecurity an urgent priority. According to the 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, more than 85 percent of health providers indicated that information security has increased as a business priority, and more than 70 percent indicated they have taken steps to improve their network security. Even so, most providers report being vulnerable to attacks and only moderately prepared to defend against them, according to the survey results.

Learn more and RSVP now and attend the opening of the HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub from 5:30 – 7 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Those who are interested but may not be able to attend in person can learn more about HIMSS’s  cybersecurity resources on the website. In addition, the Cybersecurity Command Center at HIMSS17, from Feb. 19-23 in Orlando, offers additional education and exhibition on cybersecurity IT products and services.  

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The focus on cybersecurity in healthcare continues in Cleveland from Oct. 22-26 with events and education held at Global Center for Health Innovation, a trusted forum for learning, collaboration and discovery that powers healthcare transformation.

October 22-23, Cleveland Medical Hackathon at the Global Center for Health Innovation.

October 24-26, Medical Innovation Summit at the Huntington Convention Center.

October 25, HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub opening at the HIMSS Innovation Center. General public invited.

October 26, 14th Annual Security Summit Week’s Healthcare Day at the HIMSS Innovation Center.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions. HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS. A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia.

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