Boston, 2018 x2, MA
Oct. 15-16, 2018

Austin Howe

Director of Business Continuity, Emergency Management and Security
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Austin W. Howe, MHS, CEM, is the Director of Business Continuity, Emergency Management and Security of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest (PPPSW), Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino (PPOSBC), Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA), and Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC). His region is the largest within the organization which encompasses most of Southern California from the Mexican border to the Santa Barbara area. He has the responsibility of safety and continuity planning for 56 facilities and has been in his role for the past 9 years. He has been instrumental in handling crisis communications and implementing a national active shooter curriculum for 650 health centers in the aftermath of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting. He also serves on the national Physical Security Affiliate Workgroup (PSAW) for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).
Most recently, Austin was designated by PPFA to lead a nation-wide and international continuity implementation program for 56 independent local affiliates in the United States and for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) located regionally within London, Nairobi, Tunis, Brussels, and Bangkok. Lastly, Austin accepted a part-time instructor role in 2016 for graduate students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where Austin teaches business continuity, crisis communications, emergency management, and physical security elements for respective current and future business leaders. Austin is also a private consultant for susceptible facilities in natural or potentially man-made disaster areas.


October 15, 2018
11:30am - 12:15pm
America Ballroom

Imagine that hackers hit your organization with ransomware and gain full access to your system. Are you prepared to respond quickly and effectively to maintain business continuity and protect patient safety? Or will you go down like the Titanic?

In this tabletop exercise, seasoned business continuity experts set the stage, alerting the “healthcare facility” that it has been hit by ransomware. Then over the next 40 minutes they’ll take attendees on a simulated exercise, outlining the critical steps required to respond successfully to the attack and maintain or restore business continuity as fast as possible.

As the speakers will make clear: Disaster planning is the difference between having the essential tools at your fingertips or not.

Key discussion points

  • How to proactively assess your facility and your business continuity program.
  • Discuss elements of an effective business continuity plan - people, processes, technology
  • How to operationalize the core elements of a business continuity plan.
  • Review CMS’s new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid providers.

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