Wednesday 31 May 2023
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Can Data Breaches Be Prevented in Healthcare

Can Data Breaches Be Prevented in Healthcare

We are excited to bring you this intrepid Healthcare video interview recorded live at #HIMSS16.  

OUR GUEST  Mac McMillan, CEO, Cynergistek

Specifically, we discuss the following question, Can Data Breaches Be Prevented in Healthcare? in this episode:

  1. One of the signs on the floor hear at #HIMSS16 says that this year 1 in 3 Patient ID’s will be breached, how are we going to stop all these breaches?
  2. What can CIOs do to “be able to sleep at night” regarding their security?
  3. Why aren’t healthcare organizations being more proactive?  Why are they only addressing security when there is a breach?
  4. Can you tell us about some situations where you’ve really made a difference at a couple of your clients?


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About Cynergistek

CynergisTek is a top-ranked information security and privacy consulting firm focused on healthcare. CynergisTek offers an array of solutions that help organizations measure privacy and security programs against regulatory requirements and assists in developing a best practice approach to risk management. Since 2004 the company has served as a partner to hundreds of healthcare providers, payers and vendors with a consulting team comprised of subject matter experts that have a passion for helping clients achieve success. CynergisTek is also dedicated to supporting and educating the industry by contributing to relevant associations such as HIMSS, AHIMA, HFMA, HCCA, AHIA, AHLA, IAPP and CHIME.

CynergisTek is led by an executive team that brings an average of nearly 20 years of privacy and security management experience in both private and public sector organizations. Our executives are highly sought-after industry thought leaders as experts in healthcare privacy, security and compliance. Members of the company’s leadership team have collectively presented at over 100 conferences, contributed to 1,000s of articles and been featured in more over 100 different healthcare trade and general business news publications.

Our consultants have an average of 15 years of experience in their domain of expertise – privacy management, IT security management, IT audit and/or compliance management. Additionally, they all pursue professional development and maintain critical certifications to ensure that they are best prepared to provide our clients with superior service. A sampling of certifications held by our consultants include CISSP, HCISPP, CRISC, CISA, CIPP, CISM, CGEIT and CHC. (from


About Mac McMillan

Mac McMillan is co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek, Inc., an authority in information security, privacy, audit and regulatory compliance in healthcare. He is the current Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force. McMillan brings nearly 40 years of combined intelligence, security countermeasures and consulting experience from positions with both government and private sector positions and has worked in the healthcare industry since his retirement from the federal government in 2000. McMillan served as Director of Security for two separate Defense Agencies, and sat on numerous interagency intelligence and security countermeasures committees while serving in the U.S. government.

McMillan is a thought leader in compliance, security and privacy issues in healthcare, contributing to several industry trade publications, blogs and newsletters. He sits on several advisory boards, including CHIME, AEHIS, HIT Exchange and HealthTech Industry, as well as HCPro Editorial Advisory Board and HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey Advisory Board. He has contributed to more than 300 articles and postings in Healthcare IT magazines, healthcare IT blogs and other healthcare newsletters, etc. He also presents regularly at national conferences and regional events, and was a contributing author to the HIMSS book, “Information Security in Healthcare: Managing Risk.”

McMillan holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Texas A&M University. He is a graduate of the of the Senior Officials in National Security program at the JF Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a 1993/4 Excellence in Government Fellow. He was recognized in 2012 as a HIMSS Fellow and as one of the top ten health information security influencers of 2013. In 2015 he was named as one of the top healthcare IT leaders by Becker’s Hospital Review.



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JOE LAVELLE is a Healthcare Management and Technology Consultant with a record of successfully meeting the business and technology challenges of diverse organizations including health plans, health delivery networks, and health care companies for 25 years. Joe worked his way up through Cap Gemini and Andersen Consulting to the partner/VP level of at First Consulting Group, Technology Solutions Group and Santa Rosa Consulting. After running his own company, Results First Consulting, for 12 years Joe Co-Founded intrepidNow with Todd Schnick to create incredible content to dramatically improve the sales and marketing efforts of their clients.