March Dinner Meeting: Cybersecurity: Protection from Threats and Invasion

Dr. Phil Beckett will be speaking about cyber security and practical ways of how the individual can help protect themselves. He will illustrate through exploring with the audience how the body protects itself from invasion and how we can look to biology to help us better understand technology threats and protection.


5:30pm – 6:30pm Networking and Dinner
6:30pm – 7:30pm Presentation
7:30pm – 8:00pm Q&A


Phil joined Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA) in September 2015 as CIO to deliver HIE services in Dallas/Fort Worth, north Texas and west Texas. Phil has served for the last 3 years as the Chief Technology Officer and Privacy and Security Officer with Greater Houston Healthconnect. Formerly trained in biochemistry and metabolism at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, Phil came to Houston as a post-doctoral fellow to study protein metabolism at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center. At Texas Children’s Hospital he developed a rapid amino acid assay used to perform protein clamps and measure insulin sensitivity in children with diabetes. Phil kickstarted his IT career in the neonatal ICU writing interfaces to capture data electronically from monitoring systems around the concept that quality is driven by data. He cofounded a startup, RosettaMed as a developer for patient data capture applications with interfaces to electronic health records. He led the sale of the company to Kryptiq Corporation and worked there on secure clinical messaging before joining Baylor College of Medicine to lead their clinical information systems implementation (Epic, iSite PACS). Phil joined Healthconnect in May 2012 and served as a pioneer for interoperability in Houston and the Southeast Texas region. During his tenure as CTO, Healthconnect went live in April 2013 when CHRISTUS Health and Legacy Community Health Services became the first organizations connected to the Healthconnect network. Since that first connection, over 280 healthcare organizations have signed on to exchange information through the network; the entire Beaumont MSA hospital community is live and sharing data. Phil introduced and integrated diagnostic image sharing using DicomGrid into Healthconnect with the goal of reducing duplicate tests and reducing patient’s exposure to unnecessary radiation. Phil has a major focus on usability after many years working with physicians – if it isn’t easy they won’t use it – and on patient engagement. He believes that consumers will drive the future of HIE.


See charts (PDF) from the presentation.