HiMSS Oregon Chapter Spring Conference

May 18, 12:00am, UTC - 8:30am, UTC

Embassy Suites Downtown
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204


Non-member Price: 
The Balancing Act: Population Health and Security

As healthcare organizations across the continuum of care progress toward interoperability goals to support population health, and the volume of patient data collected through new systems and innovative bio devices increases, the security of that data as it passes through new avenues and byways has become an undeniable imperative.  Balancing the availability and accessibility of data with the multiple levels of protection necessary is tricky.  Attend the HIMSS Oregon Annual Spring Conference to hear how national and local organizations are weighing the needs of both sides and developing solutions to achieve this balance. 

On top of a visionary keynote speaker and general sessions, there will be two tracks with three sessions each, including lectures and expert panels who will share their views on these important topics. Contributors from all areas of healthcare will be presenting their topics on Population Health and Security. 

Please bring your questions and join us for an informative conference with industry leading keynote speakers, panel members, and interactive breakout sessions.  

Keynote Address & General Sessions:

  • Joe Feyereisen, CEO, ITIL, ISO, MPM. CIPM, PME, CMMi,CPGP, VCA, Reach IPS.  Smart Personal Devices Drive the Convergence of Population Health and Security
  • David Finn, Health IT Officer, SymantecThe 2016 Internet Security Threat Report:  The Good (not much). The Bad (way more of that). And The Ugly (the attacks continue to outpace healthcare)
  • Brigitte Piniewski, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CommonIQThe Next Frontier in Population Health: Rethinking the Principles of Mass Collaboration 

 Security Sessions

The security topics will cover security considerations of the cloud, the pitfalls of purchasing cyber insurance and how healthcare organizations are addressing some of the key security issues facing us today.
  •  Steve KnipplePrincipal Consultant – Cloud Strategy and Technology Transformation, Bradson Consulting & Cloud Shift AdvisorsFor Healthcare Organizations… Is the Cloud secure, or is the Cloud the Most Secure Option?
  • David Schoolcraft and Lee Kuo, Attorneys, Ogden Murphy Wallace.  The good news: a cyber risk policy was in place when a data breach occurred and the insurer funded a $4.125 million settlement in the class action lawsuit that followed. The bad news: the insurer then sued the hospital for the full $4.125 million plus attorneys' fees. This session will cover key lessons to be learned from this recent case for both provider organizations and health information technology companies.
  • Bridget Barnes, VP and Chief Information Officer, OHSUSonney Sapra, CIO, Tuality Health CareMichael Carr, CTO and Director of Technology Systems and Services, Legacy Health and Shawn Surber, Manager Healthcare Solutions, Fortinet. Moderator: Carol Robinson, Principal, CedarBridge Group.   Panel Discussion:  What’s Keeping CIOs and Security Officers Up at Night and What They Are Doing About It”

Population Health Sessions:

The Population Health sessions will include a discussion of how one local company has culled a 98% participation rate of employees utilizing biometric screenings and correlating that with health assessment data; a session that explores the integration of social determinants of health into a regional CCO and HIE; and a session that looks at the development and utilization status of financial and clinical data by an Oregon based provider/payer run enterprise. 

  • Kim Whitley, VP, COO Samaritan Health Plans and Klint Peterson, Senior Project Manager, Samaritan Health Services.  Integrating Social Determinants of Health into a Regional CCO and HIE 
  • Renae Coombs, Human Resources Manager, SAIF Corporation.  Using Wellness Program Metrics to Justify ROI
  • Geoff Swanson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Propel Health. Information Needs Required to Effectively Manage the Transformation of Our Current Health Delivery Process to One of Population Health

Lunch Table Topic Discussions:

Attendees will have the option at lunch to participate in table topics led by a facilitator.  The goal is to foster a discussion of key Healthcare IT topics to enable attendees to share experiences and identify tactics they can incorporate in their job.  Topics will include:  patient engagement, care coordination, telehealth, data security, data center management, data analytics, interoperability, information exchange, mobile device management and optimizing EMRs.


This full day conference will include an exhibitor hall and networking opportunities during lunch and an evening reception.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Rex Eads at 360-600-7193 or rex.eads@comcast.net or click on this link for additional sponsorship information .

CE Hours:

This event has been approved for up to 6 hours in continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Management Systems (CPHIMS) and Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS).


Registration Fees

$105 for HIMSS Members, $144 Non-HIMSS Members, $30 for HiMSS Member Students with valid ID and $40 Non-HIMSS Students.  

The 2015 conference sold out weeks ahead of the event. Be sure to register in advance.

To learn about the HIMSS membership benefits click on this link http://www.himss.org/membership/individual-options?


9-10:00 a.m. Check-In, Vendor Visits-Passport Program
10-12:00 p.m. Opening Remarks, Keynote, Break, Population Health and Security Breakout Sessions
12-1:00 p.m. Lunch, Table Topic Discussions, Vendor Visits- Passport Program
1-3:00 p.m. General Session, Break, Population Health and Security Breakout Sessions
3-4:20 p.m. Break, Population Health and Security Breakout Sessions
4:20-5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks, General Session
5:30-6:30 p.m. Networking Reception