Karl West

Chief Information Security Officer, AVP Information Systems
Intermountain Healthcare

Karl J. West is the chief information security officer and assistant vice president of information systems for Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated delivery network (IDN) based in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

As Intermountain’s CISO, Karl is responsible for Information access, authorization, privacy, business continuity, and data governance.  Karl leads the planning, development, and implementation of the Intermountain’s information systems security program to promote information systems reliability and accessibility while protecting and defending against unauthorized access to patient information, clinical systems, networks, and data. He reviews and studies all information published by DHHS, CMS, and other regulatory bodies relative to health Information security and privacy.  As CISO, he helps to establish and maintain policies and procedures related to the release of health information.

Karl has been involved with information technology for the past 25 years.  Prior to Intermountain Healthcare, Karl was a vice president and managing partner in AT&T Consulting Services. Karl also has a keen interest in development of new technologies to improve patient care and lower patient costs.

Karl is a member of the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) Privacy and Security Board, as well as a board member of the Weber State Computer Science Department.

Karl received a BSCS from Brigham Young University and has also received an MBA.

December 6, 2016
12:00pm - 12:35pm
General Session

Intermountain Healthcare’s Chief Security Officer Karl West examines our shifting security landscape and provides his take on what new practices are worth the investment. He will also provide a post mortem on outdated security practices and practical tips on innovating your organization’s security model to keep your data secure and your patients safe.

December 6, 2016
2:10pm - 2:40pm
Grand A/B

Whether it's a new app, smart phone operating system, or medical device, advances in mobile technology seem to be accelerating at warp speed. Without a doubt, mHealth presents unique opportunities for increasing clinician productivity and engaging patients - from devices at the bedside to health data tracking in the home. But it also presents often daunting privacy and security challenges.

Nobody knows that better than Karl West, CISO of Intermountain Healthcare, which operates 22 hospitals in Utah and one in Idaho. Intermountain has a long history of securely adopting, developing, and implementing new technologies, including an aggressive but prudent adoption of mHealth.

In this presentation, West will address the forces fueling the mHealth revolution, discuss Intermountain’s mobile initiatives, and then explain what he considers the best and most practical way to mitigate the related risks.

Only by developing the appropriate security architecture, West says, can a healthcare organization successfully assimilate mHealth technology into the delivery of healthcare AND execute privacy and security strategies for emerging mobile technologies.

In this session, he'll outline the process required to do that.

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