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HIMSS21: Healthcare Security and IT Event of the Year

24By7Security Looks Forward to Adding New Value for Clients and Teammates

Today we are posting from Las Vegas, Nevada, where a 24By7Security team is onsite as an exhibitor and learning machine at the annual HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition. The security and information technology event of the year in the healthcare industry, HIMSS21 is taking Las Vegas by storm this week, August 9-13, 2021.

The 24By7Security team will return to our South Florida headquarters with new perspectives on healthcare security and IT. They’ll also return with exciting information about new technologies and software that are pertinent to cybersecurity in the healthcare industry. Our learning this week will add value for our clients and updates to our healthcare-related services well into 2022.


HIMSS Role in Healthcare Industry

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), originally founded as the Hospital Management Systems Society in 1961, is headquartered in Chicago. It is an American not-for-profit organization under US 501(c)6.

In addition to more than 100,000 individual members, HIMSS counts 480 provider organizations, 470 non-profit partners, and 650 health services organizations among its membership. HIMSS is the largest organization of its kind in healthcare and sponsors the most comprehensive annual health conference and exhibition in the world.

HIMSS is dedicated to advocating and enabling the best uses of information technology and management systems throughout the healthcare industry. Its goal is to improve healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access through systems and technology.

HIMSS21 Attendees

Some 75,000 are attending HIMSS21 this week in Las Vegas. They come from all over the world, seeking to learn about the latest innovations in healthcare security and information technology. These healthcare professionals ranging from senior executives, healthcare providers, and insurers, to IT and security consultants, to market suppliers, government officials, and entrepreneurs in the healthcare field.

HIMSS21 Venues in Vegas

The week’s activities are taking place in three buildings: the Venetian-Sands Expo Center, the brand-new Caesars Forum Conference Center, and the newly expanded Wynn meeting space. The Sands and Caesars buildings are connected by a sky bridge, and shuttles serve all three buildings for the convenience of attendees, exhibitors, speakers, and staff.

More than 730 companies are exhibiting at HIMSS21. 24By7Security is proud to be among them this week in partnership with our friends at MedSec.

HIMSS21 Awards

On Wednesday, August 11, a celebratory, black-tie-optional event features an evening of networking, dinner, good cheer, and awards. HIMSS will be honoring “individuals, groups, and organizations from around the world who have made outstanding contributions to health information and technology in the past year.”

HIMSS21 Speakers and Keynotes

HIMSS is widely known for incorporating world-class educational programming into its annual conferences, and HIMSS21 is no exception. Speakers include healthcare, security, and IT, industry leaders and renowned global experts. Additional specialty programs and forums are designed to address specific audience needs.

Following are just a few notable names on the speakers’ roster:

  • Admiral Michael Rogers – Former Director, National Security Agency; former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command
  • Michael Coates – Former Head of Security, Mozilla; former CISO, Twitter
  • Stephane Bancel – CEO, Moderna
  • Hans Henri Kluge, MD. – Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization
  • Chris Christie – Former Governor, State of New Jersey
  • Alex Rodriguez – Founder & CEO, A-Rod Corp; former MLB shortstop and third baseman. A-Rod Corp invests in “promising businesses and championship teams to create value for investors.”

HIMSS21 Educational Programs

HIMSS21 is offering learning tracks in 17 categories, as listed below. Continuing education units are available.

§  Academic Preparation, Professional Development, Workforce

§  Applied Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

§  Bioinformatics or Healthcare Informatics Research

§  Change Management

§  Consumers, Caregiver, Patient Experience

§  Cybersecurity, Information Security and Privacy

§  Data & Analytics

§  Digital Health Transformation Leadership

§  Health Information Exchange or Interoperability

§  Healthcare Applications and Technologies

§  Innovation, Entrepreneurs, Venture Investment

§  Pandemic Response

§  Population Health, Public Health, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

§  Precision Medicine and Health

§  Telehealth, Connected Health, Virtual Health

§  User Experience, Usability, User-Centered Design

§  Volume to Value, Quality, Patient Safety

One notable session, titled “Securing the Future of Healthcare,” examines the burgeoning growth of cybercrime and ransomware. In tandem with the increasing consumerization of healthcare, these forces are amplifying patient sensitivity about privacy and security issues on mobile devices and telemedicine platforms.

Hundreds of sessions offer attendees exciting opportunities to learn, to discover, to discuss ideas with peers, and to earn CEUs in the process.

Vaccinations Required at Event

COVID vaccinations are required for all attendees, exhibitors, and HIMSS staff at the live event, and no exceptions will be permitted, according to an alert on the HIMSS website. Bring your official vaccination record or transfer your record to one of the online services available for that purpose.

In addition to the exciting live event taking place this week, HIMSS21 is also offering a digital format to accommodate remote attendees.


HIMSS21, taking place this week in Las Vegas, is the largest conference and exhibition of its kind in the world, with 75,000 onsite this year. 24By7Security is proud to post this blog from our booth on the exhibit floor, and our team is looking forward to returning home with exciting ideas, new perspectives, and added value for our clients.

In the meantime, the majority of our cybersecurity experts and healthcare IT professionals are right here in South Florida working for our clients. Conducting security risk assessments and privacy risk assessments. Providing virtual CISO services. Verifying client compliance with applicable regulations. Conducting cybersecurity awareness training. And so much more.

In other words, we’re busy doing what we love, for the people we love! Give us a call or send us an email to let us know how we can assist you.


Rema Deo
Rema Deo

As CEO and Managing Director of 24By7Security, Inc., Rema is a highly experienced and credentialed information security professional. Among her certifications are PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) from PCI SSC, Health Care Information Security & Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) from (ISC)2, Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA) from ISACA. She also holds a certificate in Cybersecurity: Technology, Application, and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Certified Data Privacy Practitioner (CDPP) from Network Intelligence. She earned her MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in Pune, India, and her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Bombay. Be sure to follow the 24By7Security Blog for valuable insights from Rema and her colleagues.

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