Healthcare IT Today Virtual Meetups

One of the things that hurt most about the cancellation of HIMSS20 was that it meant we wouldn’t be able to hold our various #HIMSS20 meetups. It’s always so educational to learn from our panel of experts and influencers and to learn from you in the audience.

We have great news! We’ll be holding all of our meetups virtually! Over the next few months watch for details on all our virtual meetups.  You can view our upcoming meetups and the recording of our previous meetups below:

Upcoming Meetups & Webinars

Cybersecurity’s Impact on Patient Safety and Trust
Scheduled: Tuesday, August 25th – 1:00 – 1:45 PM hosted by Proofpoint
The damage a cybersecurity incident can have on an organization’s reputation and finances is well known. What doesn’t get talked about is the impact cybersecurity can have on both patient safety and trust. As cybersecurity attacks have become more sophisticated, they are creating a slew of new patient safety issues. Plus, each incident undermines patient’s trust in their health institution.

Join this panel of health IT leaders to learn how patient safety and trust are impacted by security incidents and how you can properly address these cybersecurity risks in your organization:

• Chris Convey – VP, Chief Information Security Officer at Sharp HealthCare
• Tom Stafford – Chief Technology Officer at CDW Healthcare
• Ryan Witt – Managing Director, Healthcare Industry Practice at Proofpoint
• John Lynn – Moderator – Founder and Chief Editor at Healthcare IT Today

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How are Healthcare Institutions Being Attacked and What Can You Do About It?
Scheduled: Tuesday, September 22nd – 1:00 – 1:45 PM hosted by Proofpoint
Cybercriminals are now focusing their efforts on attacking people. They use social engineering to deeply understand their targets and launch attacks with the same level of impact that they used against a hospital’s IT infrastructure. Hear from security experts on which specific job functions cybercriminals attack the most, and what can be done about it.

Join this panel of health IT leaders as they lead an open discussion on which factors put your users at risk and practical strategies to thwart would-be attackers.

• Chris Baldwin- Chief Information Security Officer at Hartford HealthCare
• Ryan Witt- Managing Director, Healthcare Industry Practice at Proofpoint
• John Lynn – Founder and Chief Editor at Healthcare IT Today

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Previously Recorded Meetups & Webinars

Thursday, July 16, 2020 Virtual Meetup

Unlocking Healthcare’s “Digital Front Door” with Integrated Virtual Care
Held on: Thursday, July 16th – 1:00 – 1:45 PM hosted by Dell Technologies
Virtual care provides the ability to deliver in-person care experiences remotely, while reserving in-person visits for more urgent healthcare episodes. Healthcare organizations need to rethink the operational guidelines required to support this hybrid virtual/in-person world – from defining the supported disease states to determining the relevant rules of engagement.

This new paradigm will require improved digital dexterity with cross-functional teams designing protocols that integrate with the existing clinical workflows, rather than replacing or interrupting them. Coordination across solutions such as call centers, scheduling functions, patient engagement and monitoring capabilities is key to the integrated delivery of virtual care. This becomes the new “digital front door for patient care.”

Join this expert panel for this great discussion:

• Gail Zahtz – Vice President Continuum of Care at Centers Health Care
• Jamey Edwards – CEO and Co-Founder at Cloudbreak Health
• Pete Stevenson – President and COO/CSO at eCare21
• Steve Lazer – Global Healthcare CTO at Dell Technologies
• John Lynn – Moderator – Founder and Chief Editor at Healthcare IT Today

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 Virtual Meetup

Securing Medical Devices and IoT
Held on: Thursday, June 25th – 1:00 – 1:45 PM hosted by Fortinet
One of the most challenging areas of healthcare security is securing your medical devices and the growing set of IoT devices.

In this virtual meetup, we discussed:
– The challenges associated with effectively securing IoT environments and medical devices
– The strategies and practical steps you can take to properly secure them

Watch the recording to learn about this important and challenging security risk with our amazing panel of experts including:
– Michael Archuleta, Chief Information Officer at Mt. San Rafael Hospital
– Renee Tarun, Deputy CISO at Fortinet
John Lynn, Chief Editor & Founder at Healthcare IT Today

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 Virtual Meetup

How You Can Leverage Data-first, Patient-Centric Multi-Cloud Solutions to Make Your Healthcare Organization More Responsive
Held on: Thursday, June 18th – 1:00 – 1:45 PM hosted by Dell Technologies
In the complex world of patient care delivery, “cloud” can mean anything from public cloud to private cloud on-premise and everything in-between. Different workloads call for different solutions. As a result, most organizations operate in multiple clouds – experiencing amplified complexity and risks due to the resultant disparate tools and security postures.

In today’s environment, healthcare providers need agility for changing business and clinical requirements and tools to map when and where their data and applications should reside on the cloud to provide a consistent experience for end users.

Watch this recording to see what considerations should go into designing a hybrid multi-cloud strategy to support a data-first, patient-centric health IT ecosystem.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020 Virtual Meetup

How Healthcare Organizations are Integrating Virtual Chronic Care Solutions to Adjust to the Next Normal
Held on: Thursday, May 28th – 1:00 – 1:45 PM hosted by Dell Technologies
The virtual care conversation has shifted from a nice-to-have to a more urgent requirement. Delivering patient care using virtual tools has become a reality for many healthcare providers overnight. Plus, it’s here to stay. To meet the next normal, healthcare organizations need to quickly adjust to shifting government reimbursements, limited facility capacity, and changing patient expectations – in both the acute and chronic care settings.  This virtual meetup, explored:

– The ways caregivers remotely interact with each other and their patients, specifically highlighting the evolution in chronic condition/disease management in the wake of this latest health emergency
– The need to connect and collaborate virtually and how organizations can engage with patients and empower them creatively
– How we can leverage current and new technologies

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 Virtual Meetup

Healthcare IoT Data at the Point of Care
Held on: Thursday, April 9th – 12:00 – 12:45 PM hosted by Dell Technologies
IoT is here to stay. Smaller devices and more intelligent sensors, combined with the advent of 5G, are ushering in a new era of patient-generated data. Intelligence at the edge also opens the door to distributed Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics. When building out your Edge and IoT ecosystem – both at the hospital and at the patient’s home – how should cybersecurity tools be incorporated to avoid unauthorized access? With new access points being introduced, how can security blueprints be designed proactively– rather than being an afterthought? Join the discussion and share your in insights into this important topic with the following panel of influencers: John Lynn (@techguy), Mitch Parker (@mitchparkerciso), Wendy Bohner (@WBohner), Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano), and Steve Lazer  (@Lazer_Epic)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Virtual Meetup

Let’s Talk About a National Patient Identifier
Held on: Wednesday, March 11th – 1:00 – 1:45 PM hosted by NextGate

Poor patient matching and identification have been an incessant, vexing issue for healthcare constituents. Despite years of deliberation, no national strategy has emerged to accurately and consistently match individuals to their health data. Join our panel of experts, Julie Pursley Dooling, MSHI, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA (@julezd), Mark J. Segal, PhD, FHIMSS (@msegal111), Dan Cidon (@dcidon), Ben Moscovitch (@benmoscovitch), and John Lynn (@techguy), as we explore the complexities of universal patient identifiers, the pros and cons, the technological and regulatory requirements, barriers to adoption, and how a mandated identifier works (and doesn’t) in other countries. Along with learning the value and challenges of a national patient identifier, we’ll also discuss what can be done today to improve patient matching and identification.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Virtual Meetup

Augmenting Clinician Insights with Machine Learning
Held on: Tuesday, March 10th – 2:00 – 2:45 PM hosted by Dell Technologies

With the exponential increase in the amount of data and physician workloads, modern healthcare organizations are looking to adopt AI/ ML tools to help augment clinical workflows. In fact, today’s increases in processing power and improvements in network and storage speeds means the timing to make AI a reality is today. Of course, this increase in technology cannot replace the human connection in patient care decision making. How should healthcare organizations be thinking about making the AI-powered care experience more collaborative with improved two-way communication between providers and patients? Join the discussion at HIMSS20 with John Lynn (@techguy), Corinne Stroum (@healthcora), Ed Shaffer (@ewshaffer) and Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA (@RasuShrestha) and share your insights into this important topic.

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Easing the Pain of Prior Authorization: Operational Advice for Healthcare Providers
Held on: Tuesday, March 10th – 2:15 – 3:00 PM hosted by J2 Global
With prior authorization remaining one of the great healthcare information technology policy challenges facing our industry, the process of obtaining prior approval for services creates a significant burden for providers and often leads to unnecessary delays in care at the expense of the patient’s health. Hear from Colin Hung (@colin_hung), Jeffrey Sullivan, CTO at J2 Cloud Services, Jay Eisenstock, Board Chair at WEDI, and April Todd, Senior Vice President at CORE and Explorations of CAQH as they explore operating rules, methodologies and technology solutions that can be employed to eliminate points of pain for both patients and providers. In this discussion, they’ll also examine ways to increase automation and workflow integration to meet prior authorization requirements through FHIR-based APIs, EHRs, Communication Tools and Cloud Solutions.

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How Can Healthy Data Fix Healthcare?
Held on: Tuesday, March 10th – 4:00 – 4:45 PM hosted by InterSystems

There are a lot of pressures holding healthcare back from achieving higher quality of care and lower costs. One of them is the challenge of sharing healthcare data. Whether that’s data between organizations, or patients sharing wearable and other home health data with their doctors, sharing data is a challenge with major consequences, especially when the data isn’t clean. Join us for this meetup where we’ll talk about how a clean, healthy data pipeline is critical to solving today’s healthcare challenges and what the world of healthcare unbounded would look like. Is it possible to share data? What are the benefits? How do you overcome the challenges? How can we enable third party vendors? We’ll discuss these questions and many more with our panel of experts: Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia), Stacy Hurt, MHA, MBA (@stacy_hurt), Alex MacLeod (@InterSystems), Eric Widen (@HBI_Solutions), and John Lynn (@techguy).

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We had such a great time hosting these virtual meetups and look forward to hosting more that anyone can now attend.  We love learning from our amazing panels of experts and hope you are too.  If a date or time doesn’t work for you, go ahead and register and we’ll send you the recorded version of the meetup.

Along with watching the meetups, we encourage those who attended or watch to share their insights, perspectives, and questions on the hashtag #HITsm.  We’ll be doing the same.

We look forward to connecting with many on these virtually meetups.  If you have any questions you’d like us to ask upcoming panelists, let us know in the comments or on social media with the account @hcittoday.  We’ll do everything we can to incorporate your questions into the meetup.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.


  • Hiroshi,
    I’m sorry to hear that and that it wasn’t communicated better to you about the cancellation. I don’t know of any offline meeting there. I think most people cancelled their plans once it cancelled. Lots of virtual ones including the ones above.

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