Boston, MA
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Sep. 11-13, 2017

Bryan Fiekers

Senior Director, Research Services
HIMSS Analytics

Bryan Fiekers is the senior director of Research Services for HIMSS Analytics. This role has responsibility for P&L management and for driving the strategic growth of HIMSS Analytics’ research division.

Bryan brings over a decade of experience from across healthcare, including Life Sciences, Healthcare IT and Healthcare Technology. His familiarity with the research process has given him an in-depth understanding of organizational needs and the insight to recommend the right research tools to achieve client goals. Bryan's current responsibilities include leading a team to develop customized initiatives that help clients realize meaningful operational improvement. Bryan is a graduate of the University of Vermont.


September 12, 2017
11:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom

Cybersecurity budgets are growing and healthcare organizations are allocating more employees to IT security compared to a year ago. That’s the good news.

The not so good news? Despite increases to security staffs and budgets, those are still the biggest barriers to higher levels of confidence in security programs.

That’s according to the 2017 HIMSS Analytics and Symantec “IT Security and Risk Management Study,” which surveyed 100 hospital and health system security, IT, and administrative executives to determine where healthcare organizations stand in terms of investments and efforts to strengthen their security strategy.

A few of the key findings:

  • HIPAA compliance, risk assessments, and audits are the main drivers for IT security investments.
  • 2/3s of participating organizations have CISOs, most often reporting to the CIO.
  • More than half of the responding orgs experienced an external cyber attack in the last 12 months.

In this session, attendees will learn where healthcare organizations are making progress when it comes to cybersecurity strategy, where they are lagging, and what’s needed to improve the industry’s cyber preparedness.

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