Industry Expert Mac McMillan to Discuss Protecting Patient Information and HITECH Breach Safe Harbor at January 13 Conference

Austin, TX, January 4, 2011 — CynergisTek, a leading provider of IT security solutions for healthcare organizations, today announced that its CEO, Mac McMillan, who also serves as the Chair of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Privacy and Security Steering Committee, will present at the HIMSS Southern California Chapter (SoCal HIMSS). The conference will take place on January 13 in Orange, CA.

SoCal HIMSS is one of forty-six affiliated chapters of HIMSS, the largest healthcare information systems professional organization in the US. Its purpose is to bring together healthcare professionals in order to promote the exchange of knowledge among its colleagues and to assist members in their professional growth. SoCal HIMSS accomplishes these objectives by presenting educational seminars and conferences, hosting networking opportunities, and by creating a forum for the exchange of ideas among those committed to the goal of improving patient care through the effective use of information technology (IT).

McMillan’s presentation titled, “A Data-Centric Approach to Protecting Patient Information and Achieving Data Breach Notification Safe Harbor,” will review best practices and strategies that healthcare organizations should implement in order to ensure patient privacy and security. McMillan will discuss how to integrate first-class IT security from a data-centric security perspective, which involves examining where data resides, and then architecting security around it to determine appropriate access by authorized users — instead of focusing solely on compliance.

“I am pleased to speak at the SoCal HIMSS Conference in an effort to further the organization’s mission of transforming healthcare by teaching others, through events like this, how to implement effective IT and management systems,” said McMillan. “Now more than ever, healthcare organizations need to focus on implementing data-centric healthcare IT security programs in order to protect patient information and IT systems, and I hope that my presentation will provide attendees with useful steps to do this successfully.” McMillan’s “Data-Centric Approach to Protecting Patient Information and Achieving Data Breach Notification Safe Harbor” presentation will take place on Thursday, January 13 from 8:30 – 9:30 am at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County at the Wade Center on 455 S Main Street in Orange, California.

About CynergisTek

CynergisTek is a leading provider of information security management, regulatory compliance, IT audit and advisory services, business continuity management, security technology selection and implementation, and secure IT infrastructure architecture and design solutions. The firm offers practical, manageable and affordable consulting services for organizations of all sizes and complexity. Using an organized, planned and collaborative approach, CynergisTek applies multidisciplinary expertise to serve as partner and mentor, to enhance the consulting experience and, ultimately, clients’ compliance and business performance. CynergisTek participates in and contributes to HIMSS, AHIMA, HFMA, HCCA, AHIA and other industry bellwether organizations. For more information visit, call 888.883.4311 or email


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a comprehensive healthcare- stakeholder membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded in 1961 with offices in Chicago, Washington D.C., Brussels, Singapore, and other locations across the United States, HIMSS represents more than 23,000 individual members, of which 73% work in patient care delivery settings. HIMSS also includes over 380 corporate members and nearly 30 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare public policy and industry practices through its educational, professional development, and advocacy initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring quality patient care.


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