The adoption of connected devices in medical practices and hospitals is rising quickly, improving operational efficiencies but also exposing networks to viruses and other threats.

Our guest today is Debe Gash, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri.

Debe has a long history in health care IT management and consulting and is very familiar with the digital transformation taking place in medical practices along with the risk of cyber infections that comes with it.

Stay tuned as we talk to Debe about the security challenges of the Internet of Medical Things – aka IoMT ­– and explore how to keep your network healthy. Hint: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Meet the Expert

Deborah Gash, Senior VP and Chief Digital Officer Saint Luke’s Health System

Debe Gash is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for Saint Luke’s Health System.  In this role, she leads a broad range of digital initiatives and solutions across the health system, including developing and implementing IT strategies and fostering a digital culture.  She is responsible for updating the necessary standards, infrastructure, and security policies to protect the system’s information assets.  Debe also ensures quality IT support for the Health System and provides guidance in cost-effective clinical and business solutions.

Debe began her career in health care managing physician offices and patient accounting. In 1989, she relocated to Kansas City and joined Baird, Kurtz and Dobson, CPA as a health care consultant. During her time there, she conducted operational assessments for hospitals and physician practices and conducted speaking engagements educating health care professionals on compliance and regulatory topics.

Debe joined Saint Luke’s Health System in 1992, where she was responsible for physician services for Saint Luke’s Medical Group, and served as project manager and director of application development in Information Services.

Debe is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management and Masters Degree in Business Administration. She is an active member of American College of Healthcare Executives, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the American College of Medical Practice Executives.  Debe is the Treasurer of the board of directors for Velatura HIE and holds the following certifications:  FACHE, CHCIO, CDH-E, FHIMSS, and CPHIMS.


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