Health IT Experts to Discuss Hidden Data Risks at Indiana HIMSS Conference

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eProtex Executive Director Earl Reber to moderate discussion on “Uncovering the blind spots of connected medical devices and other hidden risks”

eProtex, the nation’s first data security company specializing in the hidden risks of connected devices, announced today that Earl Reber, the company’s executive director, will lead a panel of health IT experts in exploring hidden data security threats that have crippled many healthcare providers. The presentation will take place at the Nov.18–19 INHIMSS & IHIMA Conference being held in Columbus, Ind.

As healthcare providers scramble to meet new security mandates, independent audits reveal a collective failure in electronic data protection as it relates to medical devices connected to a healthcare network. Protected electronic patient health information (ePHI) data losses, patient misdiagnoses or diversions, and hefty penalties—including incarceration—all can result from failure to protect networked devices.

“Nearly 80 million health records were breached last year because threats were not properly assessed,” said Reber. “We continue to see the domino effect of data leaks and misfires reported by our industry,” he added. “With healthcare providers struggling to protect patient data and observe HIPAA and HITECH mandates,” he concluded, “Health IT professionals can’t afford not to have a firm grasp on the risks that have plagued many of their peers.”

Joining Reber are industry experts Jeffrey S. Rose, MD, vice president of clinical excellence and informatics for Ascension Health; Jeffrey W. Short, JD, attorney at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC; Monica Arrowsmith, I-HITEC director at Purdue University; and Derek Brost, chief security officer at eProtex.

In addition to exploring patient and security risks unique to connected medical devices, the panel will discuss potential outcomes through real-world examples, action steps to minimize or reverse risks, and tactics for managing implementation obstacles and objections.

The panel’s discussion outcomes and insights will be available after the event at

About eProtex
Founded in 2009, eProtex is the nation’s first data security company specializing in the hidden risks of connected medical devices. As such, the company offers customized, all-inclusive solutions to fit healthcare providers’ unique needs and resources—from large, multi-location hospital networks to small, independent doctor offices and medical centers. Built by the healthcare community for the healthcare community, eProtex is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare system.


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