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

Date:  11 August 2022
Host:  IHF

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

Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

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

Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

David L. Levine, MD is the SVP & Chief Medical Officer for Vizient, Inc. He interfaces with clinical and operational C- suite leaders across major health systems across the US. He represents Vizient nationally as a thought leader on topics such as Performance Improvement, Analytics, and AI. He oversees the direction of Vizient’s Data and Digital strategy. Prior to the CMO role he managed analytics across the enterprise including data operations, data insights, data science, and governance. Vizient provides benchmarked and risk adjusted comparative insights across quality, operations, pharmacy, spend management, and market growth that support Performance Improvement. The data and analytics are the foundation for numerous Software as a Service offerings where he presents insights and solutions to clients. Dr. Levine also serves as a subject matter expert for a council of chief medical and quality officers for academic medical centers. He joined Vizient in 2010 after serving as Medical Director of the emergency department at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago for over 7 years. He practiced Emergency Medicine for over 20 years. He is a member of several national expert panels addressing metrics and quality including a number of CMS Technical Expert Panels. Dr. Levine earned his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and did his Emergency Medicine Residency at Boston City Hospital where he was chief resident. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.




Baker Hostetler

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