SXSW 2020

Alexa, Call the Healthcare Cyberwarrior Hotline!


Dynamic Cyber-attacks on healthcare systems result in data breaches that put patients and their Protected Health Information (PHI) at risk. Medical devices can be manipulated, leading to disastrous outcomes, threatening the safety of patients. Our infrastructure resilience is in danger due to constant penetration by external threats. This session will describe the current cyber-threats faced by the American healthcare system, provide real-world examples of how cyber-attacks impact patient safety, and advocate that a paradigm shift is needed to build a cyberwarrior workforce to help protect against these rapidly evolving threats. A growing need for improving our leadership capabilities in healthcare cybersecurity will be addressed as well.

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  1. Understand the threat of cyber-attacks faced by the American healthcare system
  2. Understand how cyber-threats impact patient safety across the healthcare continuum of care
  3. Understand the paradigm shift needed to build a cyberwarrior workforce to mitigate cyber threats and protect patients’ lives



Leanne Field, Clinical Professor and Director, Healthcare Innovation, The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Health & MedTech
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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