Top HIMSS19 Sessions: Where We’ll Be This Week

The top HIMSS19 sessions we're most excited for at Imprivata FairWarning

As HIMSS19 ramps up, there are always far more sessions than any one person has time to attend. Here are the top HIMSS19 sessions we’re most excited for at Imprivata FairWarning, including a few hot topics presented by our experts and thought leaders in the areas of drug diversion and machine learning. (And while you’re at it, you’ll definitely want to stop by our booth, #400-50, in the Cybersecurity Command Center!)

Will Consumer-Directed Exchange Disrupt the Healthcare Marketplace?

Tuesday, Feb. 12 | 8:30-10 a.m.

Orange County Convention Center, Valencia Ballroom

Getting patients, caregivers, and providers the right information in an effective and secure manner has never been more critical to the successful transformation of healthcare. This panel, moderated by Harold “Hal” Wolf III, President and CEO of HIMSS, examines the policy impact and market-disruption possibilities of empowered consumers on healthcare delivery.

  • Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. CTO and Co-Founder of the CARIN Alliance
  • Karen DeSalvo, Former National Coordinator for Health IT and a consumer-directed exchange advocate
  • Gov. Michael Leavitt, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Co-Founder of the CARIN Alliance
  • Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service

An Update on HIPAA Compliance and Enforcement from the HHS Office for Civil Rights

Tuesday, Feb. 12 | 12-1 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center, Room W314B

If you’ve ever wanted to ask the Director of the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights about HIPAA enforcement, this session is your golden opportunity. In this session, OCR Director Roger Severino will highlight recent HIPAA enforcement actions, future enforcement trends and priorities, and future initiatives for regulations and guidance. Attendees will learn best practices for HIPAA enforcement based on actual OCR investigations, as well as strategies for building an effective HIPAA compliance program.

Policy Update from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

Tuesday, Feb. 12 | 12-1 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center, Room W307A

At the same time as Director Severino’s session, leaders from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Office of Policy will make a detailed presentation of policy activities currently underway at the ONC. You’ll learn the ONC’s 2019 policy priorities to determine where your own organization’s policies should lie; the specific provisions from the 21st Century Cures Act that the ONC will focus on over the next 10.5 months; and how the ONC’s policy office supports the ONC Health IT Certification program.


  • Elisabeth Myers, Deputy Director, ONC Office of Policy
  • Elise Sweeney Anthony, JD, Executive Director, ONC Office of Policy
  • Michael Lipinski, Director of the Regulatory Division of the ONC Office of Policy

Interoperability and Patient Engagement: Special Views Session with Seema Verma

Tuesday, Feb. 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center, Room W320A

Seema Verma currently serves as Administrator to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she oversees a $1 trillion budget and administers healthcare programs for more than 130 million Americans every day. As a nationally recognized leader in health policy and operational design, she has worked with states to build flexibility into their Medicaid programs to help meet the diverse needs of unique populations. In this special session, Verma will cover how interoperability can improve patient engagement — and the role security professionals play in this trend.

AI in Healthcare: Ethical & Legal Considerations

Wednesday, Feb. 13 | 3:45-4:05 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center, Hall A, Booth 400, Cybersecurity Theater A

AI and machine learning can empower healthcare organizations to better secure patient data and prevent damaging behaviors associated with threats that endanger patient trust. Certain principles, however, must be followed to keep AI from becoming a threat itself and undermining trust through potentially biased or incorrect decisions. At this session, Mike Lyons, Imprivata FairWarning’s Director of Product Development, will discuss how care providers can meaningfully harness the power of AI while paying mind to ethical and legal considerations like those set forth by the American Medical Association.

The Intersection Between Interoperability and Value-Based Care Delivery

Wednesday, Feb. 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center, Room W320

Adam Boehler, Deputy Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has led the Department of Health and Human Services’ effort to push value-based care to the forefront of the healthcare industry over the past several years. In this session, Boehler will talk about the role patients play as consumers, the work HHS has done to hold providers accountable for value-based care, the push to pay for outcomes, and how value-based are can be helpful in proactive disease prevention.

Steps to a Full-Lifecycle Drug Diversion Monitoring Program

Thursday, Feb. 14 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Orange County Convention Center, Room W208C

Drug diversion has surged in healthcare in recent years, creating hefty impacts for care providers who are concerned about the patient safety implications of staff struggling with opioid addiction. In this session, Imprivata FairWarning Drug Diversion Specialist Kara Earle and John Burke, Director of Pharmaceutical Diversion Education and a nationally renowned drug diversion investigator and expert, reveal the nine detailed steps that providers can take to create a full-lifecycle drug diversion monitoring program – and help ensure patient safety, the compliance and reputation of their facility, and accountability and treatment for drug diverting employees.

Embracing Innovation in Healthcare: A Conversation with the National Coordinator [Keynote]

Friday, Feb. 15 | 8:30-10:15 a.m.

Orange County Convention Center, Valencia Ballroom

Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health IT, has decades of experience working in a wide variety of healthcare and informatics. From his career at Datamedic Corporation, where he co-developed the world’s first Microsoft Windows-based electronic medical record, to his current role, he has extensive policy experience representing healthcare innovations before Congress, MedPAC, and HHS. In this keynote, Dr. Rucker will discuss how security professionals can embrace innovation in healthcare while respecting patient privacy and data security needs of today’s healthcare organizations.