Panelist on Healthcare Security & Privacy at the The Texas Lyceum

I’ve been asked to participate in the Texas Lyceum in San Antonio, February 6th, 2010.  The title of the event is “Our Growing Lives Online:  Safe or Not?” and will attempt to tackle the risks associated with our connected society.   The weekend event which I will participate includes interactive and team activities to help Lyceum Directors better understand how these privacy and security risks affect their day-to-day lives.  The goal is to raise awareness regarding public policy involving security and privacy.  San Antonio is a great backdrop for this event as it is quickly becoming a central hub of computer security with the Air Forces locating its 24th Air Force Cyber Command at the city’s Lackland air force base.  There is an invisible war going on that we don’t even see involving cyber security and the public needs to understand how companies are protecting their information as it moves online.

Events kick off on Thursday and continue through Sunday afternoon.  I will be joining is the “Healthcare Security & Privacy” panel from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the International Center, 203 S. St Mary’s, Third Floor (Two blocks away from the Hotel Contessa).  Joining me in this panel are David Finn, Health Information Technology Officer, Symantec and William Phillips, Chief Information Officer, University Health System.  Moderating the event is Dr. Adolfo Valadez.

I look forward to the event and engaging the Lyceum Directors on the virtues and risks associated with exchanging healthcare information online.  Coming from both the payer and provider sides the importance of efficiently exchanging information online not only helps manage rising cost but more importantly can drive better healthcare for our members and patients.  Our primary member demographic at WellMed Medical Management includes Medicare eligible seniors.  Over the past 5 years I’ve seen an increasing number of seniors flock to the Internet to educate themselves on health related issues.  The Internet has ushered in a new age of convenience in sending digital information.  These electronic tools and applications are an extension of your organization and your ability to deliver quality care to patients.  The same level of trust your patients have with you to manage their health in a clinic should carry through to your ability to maintain the security and delivery of their personal health information to those specialists and care providers .   I believe that technology can play a huge part in the delivery of care.  As both healthcare payers and providers we are trusted sources for our seniors and are constantly evaluating new ways to empower our seniors with the tools necessary to manage their care.

Please join our discussion…  You can find the site online at www.texaslyceum.com