Cybersecurity in healthcare: How can you protect your organizational reputation?


Do you have a plan in place for when your hospital or healthcare organization is hit by significant and potentially crippling cyber-attacks? The IHF’s Harnessing Big Data Special Interest Group hosted a lunch and learn session focused on how CEOs and other C-suite executives can prepare effective strategic communications prior to, during and after a cyber-attack – to help minimize the negative impact on your reputation. 

Recent studies indicate that healthcare providers experienced nearly 700 data breaches or cyber-attacks in 2021, with the majority being ransomware. A further emerging trend suggests that most attacks now include exfiltration of patient data, staff personal information, vendor services, and even medical devices. In addition to the ‘technical’ and ‘operational’ aspects of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a cyber-attack, healthcare organizations also need to develop an effective, proactive strategic communication plan.

Aimed at a clinical or managerial executives in a hospital system with responsibilities and decision-making accountabilities for strategic communication initiatives, or anyone with an interest in crisis communications in healthcare, this virtual event gave practical advice that organizations of any size could benefit from. You can catch up now on the event recording or read the key takeaways from our speakers to implement in your own organisations.


Chaired by David Levine, Group SVP, Advanced Analytics & Product Management at Vizient Inc., this interactive lunch and learn featured a mix of live presentations and panel discussions. Along with an insider panel of health system leaders, they tackled:

  • The state of cybersecurity in healthcare
  • COVID-19, crisis communications, and cybersecurity
  • Good practices in crisis communications and strategies related to breaches
  • Practical guidance for healthcare organizations


We at the International Hospital Federation would like to thank our Premier Member, Vizient Inc., for their contribution to organizing this event.


Hosts / Speakers


Vizient, USA

David Levine

Group SVP, Advanced Analytics and Data Science

Blending clinical leadership and informatics experience, David is responsible for driving key initiatives for Vizient, including growing the Center for Advanced Analytics, leading the development...


Vizient, USA

David Levine

Group SVP, Advanced Analytics and Data Science

Blending clinical leadership and informatics experience, David is responsible for driving key initiatives for Vizient, including growing the Center for Advanced Analytics, leading the development of risk-adjustment methodologies and increasing engagement of physicians and other clinicians. The Center brings together analytics from multiple clinical and operational offerings to provide insights to members across the continuum of care. David joined the company in 2010 after serving as medical director of the emergency department at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. He also served as a physician leader for information technology. David earned a doctor of medicine degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. He is an Assistant Professor of emergency medicine at Rush Medical School in Chicago and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.


Baker Hostetler

Lynn Sessions


Lynn Sessions leads the BakerHostetler Healthcare Privacy & Compliance team in the Digital Assets & Data Management Group & is co-lead of the Healthcare Industry...


Vice Chancellor, Information and Technology, University of Nebraska Medical Centre

Michael A. Ash, MD, FACP

Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer, Nebraska Medicine

Dr. Michael Ash is the Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at Nebraska Medicine and he serves as Vice Chancellor of Information and Technology...


Service (NHS)

David Willis

Senior Information Security Officer, Lancashire & South Cumbria Health & Social Care Partnership, UK National Health

David is an Information Security Professional with over 40 years’ experience, and holds a degree in Computer Science and Masters in Forensic Computing From The...

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