Phoenix, Ariz. (Feb. 10, 2016) – Healthcare data is under attack. Since 2009, more than a hundred million health records have been breached. A quick analysis of the Wall of Shame website of major health data breaches shows that many of them were preventable. How? By creating a hardened, multi-layered approach to security. Recognizing the need for heightened awareness on this topic, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has selected ClearDATA’s founder and chief privacy and security officer, Chris Bowen, to present an educational session at the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. Bowen will co-present with health IT industry veteran Gary Seay, former senior vice president and chief information officer of Community Health Systems, one of the largest publicly-traded hospital companies in the United States with 196 affiliated hospitals in its system.

Bowen and Seay will co-present “Developing a Cloud Security Roadmap” on Wednesday, March 2, from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. PST in the Sands Expo Convention Center (Palazzo E). Attendees will learn how to implement a “Defense in Depth” multi-layered approach to security. This approach involves hardening security at multiple layers: physical; network; application; server; data; devices; users. Cloud technology enables healthcare organizations to take advantage of many layers of security, ranging from data encryption to threat management, and drives accelerated compliance, cost savings, innovation, and data analytics.

“Healthcare organizations considering a move to the cloud ought to conduct due diligence to ensure their cloud provider has in-depth healthcare security expertise,” said Bowen. “Working with patient data requires a very specific, ever-evolving knowledge set; it’s not something you can learn from a webinar.”

Bowen, founder of ClearDATA, is a security expert triple-certified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Certified Information Privacy Technologist and Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Seay, recently retired from Community Health Systems, is a recognized industry leader with an extensive success record of creating and delivering robust, cost effective technology solutions and infrastructures. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Management for Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management and is a long-time board member of the Tennessee HIMSS Chapter.

“With data breaches becoming a common occurrence in the healthcare industry, there’s a pressing need for professionals adept not just at meeting but exceeding HIPAA security and privacy requirements,” said Seay. “Because cybercriminals have many methods at their disposal, today’s cyber security professional must have expertise—both in depth and breadth—in multiple layers of security.”

About Gary Seay
Mr. Seay provides advisory services to healthcare solution providers and equity firms that invest in them. He can be reached at