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Privacy & Security in Healthcare (*3 CPEs)

Location: Paetzold Auditorium, 1st Floor, Jim Pattison Pavilion, Vancouver General Hospital, 899 West 12th Street, Vancouver
When: Monday, February 5, 2018
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm

*ISACA/IAPP/BC-HIMPS/IIA members can earn 3 CPEs by self reporting.


1:00pm to 1:45pm

1:45pm to 2:30pm

2:30pm to 3:00pm

3:00pm to 3:15pm

3:15pm to 4:00pm

Privacy & Security Risks in Healthcare, Robert Martin, CISCO, Alberta Health Services

Technology Risks & Solutions in Healthcare, Phil White, CTO, BCCSS

Networking Break

Privacy Considerations for Clinicians, Heather Hannah, Privacy/Risk/Compliance Officer, Doctors of BC

Healthcare Risks & Solutions, Shanti Gidwani, National Healthcare Practice Lead, Cisco Systems



Robert Martin, CISO, Alberta Health Services

Robert is the Chief Information Security Officer for Alberta Health Services, a $12 billion organization with over 120,000 staff, physicians, volunteers and partners. In that role, Robert has worked closely with senior leadership, Executive and Board governance on a broad variety of risk and security initiatives and has accountability for information security architecture, policy, standards, and compliance monitoring, as well as the IT service management processes. 

Outside of information security activities, he has developed the framework for managing the key risks in AHS’ $1 billion Clinical Information System, and co-chairs the AHS Enterprise Risk Management Executive Committee. He previously successfully implemented a program to govern IT projects in new healthcare facilities which encompassed over $70 million in IT expenditures on over $1.8 billion in facility projects. Robert is a keen student and supporter of organizational change management and is proud to represent IT on the AHS Diversity and Inclusion Council.


Phil White, Chief Technology Officer, BC Clinical and Support Services Society (BCSSS)

Phil is the CTO at BCCSS which provides Information Technology services to the BC health authorities.  He has twenty-one years of experience in healthcare IT in the province of BC. 

Phil has held a number of IT positions, starting his IT career at one of the large Canadian banks in Toronto twenty-six years ago.  He switched to healthcare at Kelowna General Hospital in 1997, where he began as a programmer/analyst.  He has also worked in the networking, data centre and security space before moving into management roles.  In 2010, Phil joined the Health Authority Shared Services Organization, which evolved into the current BCCSS. 

As a service provider to the health authorities, cybersecurity is a large part of what BCCSS Technology Services does.  Increasing threats, a move to “as-a-Service” models and an increasing need for interconnectivity drive complexity in the cybersecurity space. 

Outside of work, Phil enjoys skiing, music, and spending time with his family.


Heather Hannah, CAPP, CBCP, CIA, CRMA, CPA, CGA
Risk, Compliance and Privacy Officer, Doctors of BC 

Heather has a diverse career background in accounting, auditing, business continuity, health & safety, privacy and risk management.  She worked in the financial industry for 26 years in insurance, banking, finance, stock and bond transfer, corporate trust and information technology roles plus 8 years in public practice accounting, auditing and business risk consulting. For the past 10 years, she has worked for Doctors of BC (formerly the BC Medical Association) in information technology, business continuity, health and safety, risk management and compliance roles. 

In this presentation, she’ll introduce the new and improved Privacy Toolkit for BC Physicians in Private Practice and the comprehensive resources physicians can rely on to make complying with the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) easy and straightforward.


Shanti Gidwani, National Senior Director, Healthcare, Cisco Canada 

Shanti Gidwani is the National Senior Director of Heal  thcare at Cisco Canada, resp  onsible for the transformation  of how healthcare is delivered across Canada and  improving patient outcomes and experiences through  technology. 

Gidwani joined Cisco in 2012 and has extensive experience  in healthcare. Prior to Cisco, she was a healthcare  consultant for the World Health Organization (Europ  ean Region and International) before beginning her own  healthcare consulting company in Canada.

Throughout her career, Gidwani has worked with a variety of  organizations including First Nations communities, post-sec  ondary institutions, regional  health authorities, and the  provincial government of British Columbia in Canada.  Gidwani began her career as a nurse and has worked in diverse clinical areas including maternal/child,  reproductive health, STI management, medical/surgical, an  d HIV/AIDS. She has also ta  ught new nurses at the  University of British Columbia and performed duties as dire  ctor of clinical services for a British Columbia-wide  nonprofit healthcare organization, setting clinical  and operational policy for more than 50 clinics. 

Gidwani holds honours bachelor of science degrees in human  biology and zoology from t  he University of Toronto,  a bachelor of science in nursing from Thompson Rivers  University, and master of health administration and  master of science in nursing degrees from the University  of British Columbia. She also has Certified Health  Executive status with the Canadian College of Health  Leaders and holds a nursing license with the College of  Registered Nurses of British Columbia.