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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Regency Ballroom A
Chicago, IL


Thursday, May 11, 2017


6:30PM-7:00PM - Registration and Cocktail Reception
7:00PM-8:45PM - Educational Program

Cardiac Rhythm Management





Registration and Cocktail Reception



Dinner Seating



Welcome and Introductions
Leslie Saxon, MD



Cybersecurity Risks and Patient Benefit with Remote Monitoring of Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices: Considerations and Current Policy
Leslie Saxon, MD



Innovation and Cybersecurity Expert Panel Discussion
Moderator: Leslie Saxon, MD
Panelists: Suzanne Schwartz, MD, MBA, William Murray,
Beau Woods and Russell Jones, CISSP.

This extended panel discussion will feature engaging discussions from the perspectives of leading experts surrounding the importance of maintaining and enhancing medical device integrity in the dynamic and ever evolving cybersecurity environment, while considering the potential patient health, safety and confidentiality impacts of cybersecurity in the context of medical technologies in healthcare. This panel will also include FDA updates on cybersecurity policy and describe the current communications mechanism for notification and assessment of cybersecurity risks that impact CRM devices.



Q&A Session

Cardiac Rhythm Management

Program Director

Leslie Saxon, MD
Executive Director, USC Center for Body Computing
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA


Suzanne Schwartz, MD, MBA
Associate Director for Science and Strategic Partnerships FDA
Silver Springs, MD

William Murray
President and CEO
Medical Device Innovation Consortium
Minneapolis, MN

Beau Woods
Deputy Director
Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Washington, DC

Russell Jones, CISSP
Cyber Risk Services
Deloitte Advisory
San Francisco, CA

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Commercial Support

This activity is supported through educational grant from Abbott and Deloitte.

Joint Providership

MediaSphere Medical LLC and Ciné-Med.


CME Activity Description

Activity Goal

This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/IOM competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, and Practice-Based Learning.

Activity Description

The symposium will evaluate how medical technology advancements must be balanced against cybersecurity risk and review the policies and procedures in place to provide continuous assessments and mitigations to protect against cybersecurity risk as it applies to implanted medical devices connected to a network. Medical technology with remote management solutions can improve patient outcomes, Including quality of life, decrease in-office visits, and reduce healthcare costs. However, as medical technology becomes increasingly interconnected via the Internet, hospital networks, and smartphones, there exists some risk for exploitation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

This educational symposium has been developed to raise awareness through the insights of leading governmental and other cybersecurity experts who will provide reviews surrounding the current and future direction of medical technology cybersecurity for increasing standards of patient care. The symposium lectures and panel discussions are complemented with dedicated Q&A sessions that enable interactive audience participation with the leading faculty experts.

Target Audience

This activity has been developed to meet the educational needs of electrophysiologists, cardiologists and other physicians, associated professionals, and healthcare providers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of maintaining and enhancing medical device integrity in the dynamic and ever evolving cybersecurity environment, while considering the potential patient health, safety and confidentiality impacts of cybersecurity in the context of medical technologies in healthcare.
  • Review the balance for protecting patient safety and promoting the development of innovative technologies and improved technology performance.
  • Review how to ensure the evaluation of cybersecurity is integrated with a holistic assessment of potential impacts on patient health, safety, and security of patient data, and health information, so patient and physician needs are balanced, and clinical perspectives considered with cybersecurity throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Gain understanding of the cybersecurity policies and procedures and communication processes that govern implantable devices throughout the product lifecycle.
  • Gain understanding of evolving communication standards and tools of the future that will enhance cybersecurity of implanted medical devices.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented by Ciné-Med and MediaSphere Medical. Ciné-Med is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Ciné-Med designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA CATEGORY 1 Credit(s).
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Ciné-Med designates this activity for 1.5 Contact Hours for nurses.


MediaSphere Medical and Cine-Med adheres to accreditation requirements regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of the planning committee and faculty’s commercial relationships will be made known at the activity on course hand-outs and during faculty presentations. Speakers are required to openly disclose any limitations of data and/or any discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentations.

All MediaSphere Medical and Cine-Med employees in control of content have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Non-Endorsement Statement

MediaSphere Medical and Cine-Med verifies that sound education principles have been demonstrated in the development of this educational offering as evidenced by the review of its objectives, teaching plan, faculty, and activity evaluation process. MediaSphere Medical and Cine-Med does not endorse or support the actual opinions or material content as presented by the speaker(s) and/or sponsoring organization.


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“This program is not part of the Heart Rhythm 2017 Official Scientific Sessions as planned by the Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions Program Committee. The event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Heart Rhythm Society”