Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity Technology and Policy
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET/ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM UTC

The 2021 Global Connected Healthcare Cybersecurity workshop series has explored the challenges and potential solutions to improve security, privacy, and safety in global healthcare with the increased connectivity of devices, humans and data. Now we must consider how the technology and policy elements come together. Indeed, privacy and security policies are growing around the world, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and European Cybersecurity Act, the US HIPAA and Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act, as well as local jurisdictional policies such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, and the  California Information Privacy: Security of Connected Devices Law. While there are local jurisdictional policies, the humans who wear connected healthcare devices, from pacemakers to insulin pumps and brain implants, travel around the world. We need to consider how technology and policy can work together to protect the devices from being hacked, the data from being compromised, changed or stolen, and keep the humans safe from harm.

In this workshop we will delve into the state of technology and policies around the world to address the trust, identity, privacy, protection, safety and security (TIPPSS) of global connected healthcare. Experts in technology and policy will share their insights and recommendations, and the workshop participants will further explore challenges and opportunities across devices and systems to enable precision medicine​, ​data sharing, ​and ​​​improve​d​ health outcomes, ​while ​ensuring​ patient and provider trust, privacy and security. ​The workshop will leverage findings and outcomes of the previous workshops in the global connected healthcare cybersecurity 2021 virtual workshop series. The learning outcomes of this workshop will be:

  • Understanding challenges and opportunities at the intersection of technology and policy for global health IoT
  • Policies that are leading the way to increase TIPPSS for global connected healthcare
  • Ideas to work together internationally to address global connected healthcare cybersecurity challenges from a technology and policy perspective, for device manufacturers, healthcare providers, patient advocates and policymakers
Presented by

Opening and Welcome Remarks

Maria Palombini, Director, IEEE SA Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice
Florence Hudson, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub


Main Panel Session


Moderator: Maria Palombini, Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader


Panelists: TBA

12:00PM Round Up Session: Facilitated Discussion with Panelists and Audience
12:50PM Next Steps: Introduction to 2022 series
1:00PM Workshop 5 Concludes


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Xavier Bignalet
Security Product Manager,Microchip Technology Inc.

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Xavier Bignalet is a product marketing manager for Microchip Technology’s security products business unit with more than 13 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Before joining Microchip, Xavier started his career in system architecture in analog, mixed- signal and power applications. Starting in 2012, he transitioned to business responsibilities and became the product line manager for several mixed signal portfolios, in parallel to contributing to integration activities. Since 2015, he has specialized in embedded IoT and security technologies at Microchip. He earned a Master of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from the CESI Graduate School of Engineering in Toulouse, France.



Jigar Kadakia
Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer (CIO/CPO), Mass General Brigham

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Jigar Kadakia has served as Vice-President and Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer for Mass General Brigham since 2014. Mr. Kadakia comes to his role having spent more than 20 years in consulting delivering, developing and managing privacy and cyber security implementations for large complex healthcare companies. He is leading the cybersecurity and privacy program implementation at Mass General Brigham. The program focuses HIPAA/HITECH compliance, GDPR compliance, Identity Management, cybersecurity training and awareness, EHR risk analysis, third party risk management, privacy incident response and analysis.

Mr. Kadakia earned a B.S. Chemical Engineering with Honors from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University. Mr. Kadakia is a managing board member of the H-ISAC and speaks national on cyber security and privacy related topics. Mr. Kadakia also holds certifications for security and privacy (CISSP, CIPP, CRISC).



Chris Riha
Project Manager, National Emergency Telemedicine Critical Care Network (NETCNN), MITRE

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I joined the MITRE team in February of this year where I have been assigned to a project working with the US Army on developing the National Emergency Telemedicine Critical Care Network (NETCNN), as well as working with the CDC on projects to update their reporting systems.

Prior to MITRE over the past three and half years I have been actively working as an independent consultant providing Program/Project Management cybersecurity expertise to clients in the healthcare, academic and legal business sectors. During this time, I have served as the Program Manager for the Center for Medical Interoperability work with the CDC. I worked in a Program/Project Management role for several start-ups which has taught me to be very creative with limited funding. Working with my clients over the past three years I have focused on designing security into new and existing products and using a project manager’s approach I have been very successful providing great value to my clients. I am currently a guest lecturer in Virginia Tech’s Biomedical Engineering program on the topic of medical device interoperability and cybersecurity. I have wealth of experience in managing large scale multimillion-dollar mission and life critical projects in health care facilities. I have extensive experience selecting, implementing, integrating, and managing healthcare technology. During a 14-year tenure at Carilion Clinic I was responsible for managing up to 70 FTE’s in a dynamic and mission critical environment, reporting to the ‘C’ suite and clinical leaders of the organization. While at Carilion Clinic I also built an IT Program Management office consisting of 7 Project Managers and was personally engaged in the rollout of the Epic EMR, as well as being the point person in the organization for clinical systems engineering. I served as the clinical laboratory information system director for the ‘for profit’ clinical lab that Carilion created and was very engaged in transitioning reference labs as well as performing due diligence during the acquisition of additional lab companies.

I also have experience working as a Senior Clinical Engineering Consultant for the US Army Medical Department and am well versed in the workings of the DoD, as well as the structured approach to project management in the government sector. Previous consulting work has been with the WHO, and several large hospital organizations, in a variety of settings as well as being employed with several hospital organizations in a variety of Clinical Engineering and IT roles.

My certifications include: CISSP (Certified Information Security Specialist Professional), Security+, ITILv3 Foundation, CCE (Certified Clinical Engineer), as well as PSM (Professional Scrum Master), and PMP (Project Management Professional). My skill set of a solid technical background with a strong project management emphasis helps ensure that ideas transform into positive and actionable initiatives. I am also a volunteer leader of a BSA Troop that now includes a group of young women, as well as on the Board of Directors of the local PMI chapter, and a on a member of the American College of Clinical Engineering Body of Knowledge.

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