June 15, 2010 

Securing the Health IT Ecosystem
(laying track when the train is coming)
Dr. Deborah Lafky
Department Of Health and Human Services


An overview of the challenges faced in the rapid build-out of health IT as HHS works to meet the objectives of ARRA/HITECH to provide all Americans with access to an electronic health record by 2014. With only about 20% of records available electronically now, a dramatic expansion of capability is underway.
Enabling this expansion to be done securely and protecting patient privacy is essential to building public trust in the HIT enterprise. My talk will explain our strategy and some of the steps we are taking. Input from the audience in the form of suggestions, ideas, and lessons learned in other sectors is encouraged.


About the Speaker
Deborah Lafky, MSIS, Ph.D., CISSP is the program officer for security and cybersecurity in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) at HHS. The HITECH Act, a part of the Recovery Act, set out $2 billion for the purpose of nationwide adoption of electronic health records and ONC is the lead office for that effort. Dr. Lafky has been with ONC since 2007, leading security efforts first for the Nationwide Health Information Network and now over-seeing security efforts within all ONC programs.
Previously, Dr. Lafky was a researcher working with healthcare data protection at the University of California (Irvine) and at Claremont Graduate University. She earned her doctorate in Management Information Systems at Claremont, a Masters in Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie-Mellon University.

June 15, 2010 6:30 PM
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