New England HIMSS Webinar Series: COVID-19 May Have Just Saved US Healthcare

April 30, 12:00pm, EDT - 1:00pm, EDT

Join New England HIMSS virtually via Webex for a discussion with Richard Staynings, Chief Security Strategist, Cylera adn Esmond Kane, Chief Information Security Officer, Steward Health

New England HIMSS Webinar


30 April 2020, Noon Eastern 45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A


Title: “COVID-19 May Have Just Saved US Healthcare”

There’s nothing like a good crisis to cause a re-evaluation of how we do things. While any epidemic is sure to stress the health system of just about any country, in the United States we needed to be jarred out of our comfort zone to re-think how we do things and how we more efficiently deliver healthcare services to the population.

While no one is doubting the dedication of our doctors and nurses or the many others involved in the delivery of health services, we have unfortunately inherited a broken legacy system from the 1940s that has struggled to contain costs, and to provide healthcare services to all who need them.

In fact, COVID-19 may have just saved US Healthcare from its swan dive – and a spiraling decline of rising costs, and diminishing reimbursement rates, while much of the population is denied access. Meanwhile hospitals have frantically engaged in massive cost shifting between federal, state, IHS, and insurance systems to try and stay afloat. Many haven’t, and that has been devastating for the rural communities they once served. Let’s face it, the system has been broken for a quite a while, and we have done very little about fixing it. COVID-19 however, has changed that!

The truly massive growth in telehealth and telemedicine since February has been amazing. Doctors and nurses love it, patients love it, and it keeps the slightly sick away from those who may be highly contagious and in need of radical medical intervention. Both primary care and specialist physicians have commented how many more patients they can see in an hour using video technology, but there are things that we need to fix.

This session looks at what the future of digital healthcare will be, using new tools, new approaches and improved broader access to health services. It will examine necessary changes to regulation, patient identity verification, cybersecurity and the rise of healthcare IoT including wearables.


Hear from two national experts as they share their thoughts for the future of US healthcare.


Learning Objectives. Attendees will:


  • Hear how different healthcare providers are dealing with the current crisis and avoiding meltdown.

  • Gain insights into the future of digital healthcare delivery.

  • Evaluate new technologies that improve healthcare delivery, security and access and how they are already helping to change the balance.

  • Learn how increased automation, AI and machine learning will help to revolutionize healthcare delivery and management of our hospitals and clinics.


Target Audience:


Anyone working in or around healthcare delivery or involved in the development of healthcare policy.


Speaker Bios



Esmond Kane

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Steward Health Care

Boston, MA


Twitter: @EsmondKane






Esmond Kane currently serves as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Steward Health Care, a 35 hospital, multi-state healthcare conglomerate that provides world class care to more than 2 million patients annually. In his role at Steward, Esmond’s focus has been on transforming Stewards approach to information security, threat and risk management to comply with industry frameworks, regulations and best practices.


Esmond has over 20 years’ experience leading IT and Security programs in multiple industries and before joining Steward served as Deputy CISO at Partners Healthcare in Boston working with executives and advisors to apply his diverse and deep knowledge on cyber security and business practice.


Esmond has also held multiple IT and security roles in Harvard University, KPMG, BIDMC and more. Esmond spends his days working with extremely smart and dedicated people to overcome the challenges inherent in maturing security without compromising patient safety and security, business productivity and the delivery of exceptional service.




Richard Staynings

Chief Security Strategist


Manhattan, New York / Boulder, Colorado


Twitter: @rstaynings







Richard Staynings is a globally renowned thought leader, author, public speaker and advocate for improved cybersecurity across the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry. He has served on government committee of enquiries into some of the worst healthcare cybersecurity breaches. He has also been a board member of AEHIS – (the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security) and has served on the International HIMSS Privacy and Cybersecurity Committee. Advising various governments and leading healthcare providers, Richard has helped formulate long term strategies and tactical action plans for improved cybersecurity and patient safety across the industry and across the world.


A recovering CIO, CISO, & CTO, Richard currently serves as Chief Security Strategist for Cylera, a New York based Healthcare IoT Security Innovator. He is also author of Cyber Thoughts, a leading healthcare cybersecurity blog.


With more than 25 years’ experience of both cybersecurity leadership and client consulting in healthcare, Richard has lived in over 30 countries and helped deliver innovative solutions to organizations in all of them. His US healthcare experience extends to work for Childrens National, CHOP, FMOLHS, Medstar, Intermountain Healthcare, PeaceHealth, DaVita and Amgen among others.


After spending many years based out of the UK, Australia and various parts of Asia, Richard has for the past 20 years been based in Colorado. When he’s not flying between clients and conferences, Richard enjoys most things between mountaineering and scuba diving. Although he doesn’t get to spend a lot of time at home, Richard teaches several graduate level courses in healthcare security, is active in his local community and serves on several local boards in a pro-bono capacity.