Cybersecurity Focuses in Federal Health IT

February 15, 2024 | Chapter Event

February 15, 5:30pm, EST - 9:30pm, EST

LMI Building, 7940 Jones Branch Dr. Tysons, VA 22102


5:30 - 6:15pm - Networking

6:15 - 6:30pm - Welcome & Announcements

6:30 - 7:30pm - Program

7:30 - 9:30pm - Networking


Join the HIMSS National Capital Area (NCA) chapter for our February Program! This month we will be discussing cybersecurity, specifically how it relates to heath IT in federal agencies. The healthcare industry as a whole is vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks, but especially in the public sector. As the focus of healthcare becomes increasingly digital, patient safety and care are at high risk for cybersecurity threats.

Speakers from various federal agencies will discuss their practices in prioritizing cybersecurity, specific points of focus, and plans forward.



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Mr. Matthew Quinn

Science Director

Army Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)

Matt Quinn is the Science Director for the Army’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and leads efforts by TATRC’s research & development teams to forge the future by fusing data, humans, and machines into solutions that optimize Warfighter performance and casualty care. For over 20 years Matt has been deeply involved in advancing health technology in the public and private sectors in key roles such as Senior Advisor for Health Technology at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Managing Director for Healthcare & Life Sciences at Intel Corporation, Director of Healthcare Initiatives at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Healthcare Industry Manager for Teradata. At the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Matt led a research agenda that resulted in “safety-enhanced design” certification requirements for electronic health records. Mr. Quinn has been called to testify before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and been inducted in the FedHealthIT100 Hall of Fame. He received the HHS Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor granted by the department. Mr. Quinn was awarded the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for his work in launching the National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network (NETCCN) and the first ever National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved "Champion of Diversity" award. Mr. Quinn began his career as an Army Engineer Officer and earned an engineering degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Colorado State University.


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Mr. Bob Bastani, CISSP, CISM, CRISC

Senior Cyber Security Advisor for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector


Bob Bastani is the Senior Cyber Security Advisor for Critical Infrastructure at the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR). He also co-leads the government-wide cybersecurity coordinating council for the Health Sector and the Joint Healthcare and Public Health Sector (HPH) Cyber Security working group. In his role, Mr. Bastani works with federal government, state, local, tribal and territorial (FSLTT) entities and public and private owners and operators of critical infrastructure. He also works with healthcare and public health facility managers in order to improve the sector’s cyber security risk posture. Prior to HHS, Mr. Bastani worked for IBM in various cyber security leadership and advisory roles where he held consultancy relationship with senior industry and agency executives. 

Mr. Bastani holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Business Technologies and a number of industry certifications including CISSP, CISM and CRISC.

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LCDR Raza P. Beg

Risk Management Executive Cybersecurity Lead and Director of Marketplace at DHA

In 1997, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Raza P. Beg enlisted in the United States Navy. He was then sent to Field Medical Service School at Camp Pendleton and subsequently ordered to the 1st Dental Battalion in Okinawa, Japan. Following reassignment, he served with the 2nd Force Services Support Group, MARFORLANT, in Camp Lejeune, NC.

He left active duty to pursue a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. At the United States Navy Health Collegiate Program, where he earned his master’s degree, he earned a commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer and the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG).

LTJG Beg has served at NRD New Orleans, as Division Officer in Jackson, MS, and completed a three-year tour aboard the USS Essex (LHD-2), where he was deployed to support Operation Inherent Resolve. LT Beg was later detailed to NHC Pendleton as the Chief Information Officer. In 2021, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) and deployed to support Joint Task Force Liberty with Operation Allied Welcome until December of 2021, where he served as Deputy Surgeon General. LCDR Beg is currently serving as the Risk Management Executive Cybersecurity Lead and Director of Marketplace for the DHA.

LCDR Beg holds a Bachelors of Professional Studies and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Memphis. He also holds a master’s degree in Network, Operations, and Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Diploma for Joint Professional Military Education from the Naval War College. He is recognized by HIMSS as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. His personal awards include 2 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and 2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

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Ms. Lee Kim

Senior Principal, Cybersecurity and Privacy


Lee Kim is a cybersecurity and data privacy subject matter expert at HIMSS. In her role, she educates a wide variety of audiences regarding healthcare cybersecurity and data privacy, including domestic and international matters. She serves as a staff liaison for the HIMSS Cybersecurity Committee and HIMSS Cybersecurity Community.

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Mr. Nick Rodriguez

HHS 405(d) – Aligning Health Care Industry Security Approaches Program Manager

Department of Health and Human Services

Nick Rodriguez is the Program Manager for the award winning 405(d) Aligning Health Care Industry Security Approaches Program within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Information Security (OIS). As the leading collaboration center of OIS, the 405(d) program is focused on providing the HPH sector with useful and impactful resources, products, and tools that help raise awareness and provide vetted cybersecurity practices, which drive behavioral change and move towards consistency in mitigating the most relevant cybersecurity threats to the sector.