Global Connected Healthcare Integrated Systems Design

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET

Global Connected Healthcare Integrated Systems Design

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The Global Connected Healthcare ecosystem is becoming more extensive and complex, with the exponential growth of devices, users and data in connected healthcare. There is a growing need to develop clear approaches and standards for safe and secure interoperability of devices and data at an integrated systems design level. Participants in this workshop on Integrated Systems Design (ISD) for global connected healthcare cybersecurity will delve into the challenges and opportunities across devices and systems to enable precision medicine, data sharing, and improved 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, bringing the insights together to recommend integrated systems design principles which may be applied when adding components to existing healthcare delivery systems or when designing new systems end-to-end. This system-of-systems approach provides a scaffolding architecture to enable TIPPSS – Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security – for connected healthcare. The learning outcomes of the workshop will be:

  • Understanding the challenges and opportunities in integrated systems design for global health IoT
  • The potential value of a system of systems approach for global health IoT cybersecurity
  • Potential integrated systems design principles to improve TIPPSS for connected healthcare

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Time Description
11:00AM Opening and Welcome Remarks

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

11:15AM Main Panel Session: The Path to Connected Health Cybersecurity with Integrated Systems Design

Maria Palombini, Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader

Xavier Bignalet, Security Product Manager, Microchip Technology Inc.
Jigar Kadakia, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer (CIO/CPO), Mass General Brigham
Chris Riha, Health Systems Engineering, Lead, MITRE

12:00PM Facilitated Discussion with Panelists
12:50PM Next Steps; Introduction to Workshop 5
1:00PM Workshop 4 Concludes


Xavier Bignalet

Xavier Bignalet

Security Product Manager,Microchip Technology Inc.

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


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


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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