Disrupting Technology, Security and Healthcare Leadership with Todd Bell

The number of data breaches against healthcare organizations increased by 84% between 2018 and 2021, and the total number of victims jumped from 14 million in 2018 to 44.9 million in 2021.

I would understand that companies that had more technical people were achieving higher results, better growth, better top line improvements for their organizations compared to companies with less technology and their performance was lagging.

More and more hospitals and healthcare systems have to deal with cyber attacks. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported more than 125 electronic data breaches of healthcare organizations in the first four months of 2022 alone. (1) In addition, the number of data breaches against healthcare organizations increased by 84 % between 2018 and 2021, and the total number of victims jumped from 14 million in 2018 to 44.9 million in 2021 (2)

Carla Jo Helms, host of the Disruption/Interruption podcast, interviews Todd Bell, who explains how healthcare needs to up its game in the technology arena. Bell is innovating the healthcare system with technology tools, leadership and thinking to be agile, fast and responsive to meet challenges.

“I would find that companies that have more technical people achieve higher results, better growth, better top-line improvements for their organizations than companies with less technology, and their performance lags,” explains Bel. “So it goes back to the mindset of how you hire, how you work, how you interact with others and so on. It’s not just about the cool technology we all think about. Technology is part of a whole picture.”

Todd Bell discusses:

  • The main ingredient in healthcare disruption today is hackers driving innovation and systems at risk of being hacked. Countering this threat requires identifying the vulnerabilities that underlie technology platforms and addressing them through leadership and technology.
  • When an IT system fails, it forces the organization to revert to pen and paper, which in turn affects the functioning of the firm. This causes colleagues to be ineffective in their work and affects revenue. Also, the more technically advanced the company’s employees are, the greater things can be accomplished and the higher results and better growth can be achieved.
  • The status quo today is a “set it and forget it” mentality when it comes to technology. On average, healthcare updates its system every 10 years compared to other industries/companies that do so every three years.

As a disruptor, much of what Bell does is identify more efficient technologies while addressing the vendor’s shortcomings. “There is a gap between the technology used by some vendors – legacy systems – compared to prevailing industry standards,” he shares. While many look down on vendors, Bell and Valleywise Health view them as business partners that help up their organization’s game and stay relevant with the latest technology. “The goal is to find less expensive solutions as well as more cloud transformation,” he concludes.

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Regarding the disruption:

Disruption is happening on an unprecedented scale, affecting all kinds of industries – medtech, finance, IT, e-commerce, shipping and logistics, and more – and COVID has shifted their timelines by a decade or more. But WHO are these destroyers and when did they say, “IT IS! I HAD IT!”? Break and Break Time with veteran communications host Carla Jo “KJ” Helms. KJ interviews bad guys who are disrupting their industries and changing economic networks that have become obsolete with an establishment resistant to progress. She delves into unearthing secrets from industry rebels and quiet revolutionaries that reveal commonalities—and not-so-common ones—that are changing our economic markets…and lives. Visit the world’s key pioneers who persevere despite the arrows in their backs at http://www.disruptioninterruption.com.

About Carla Jo Helms:

Carla Jo Helms is Chief Evangelist and Anti-PR(TM) Strategist for JOTO PR Disruptors(TM).

Carla Jo learned firsthand how ruthless business can be when millions of dollars are at stake—and how public opinion control often determines whether one company is happily chosen or another is brutally rejected. As an alumnus of crisis management, Carla Jo has worked with litigation attorneys, private investigators and the media to help restore companies of goodwill to public favor – Carla Jo operates on the ethics of getting it right the first time. rather than relying on second chances and doing whatever it takes to excel. Helms speaks globally about public relations, how the PR industry itself has lost its way, and how, in the right hands, corporations can harness the power of Anti-PR to drive markets and influence market perception.

About Todd Bell:

Todd Bell is the Chief Information Security Officer and Executive Director of IT Compliance for

Valleywise Health. He brings a broad lens to the healthcare industry as it seeks to solve technological and cybersecurity challenges. Throughout his career, he has focused on business transformation, building cybersecurity programs from the ground up and creating new enterprise opportunities. Bell is proud that his staff at Valleywise Health reflects the same degree of diverse experience, and together they are making great progress for their patients by implementing incremental changes to make a more sustainable and secure infrastructure.

1. Doyle, Peyton; “Health care breaches to increase in 2022”; TechTarget; June 20, 2022; http://www.techtarget.com/searchsecurity/news/252521771/Healthcare-breaches-on-the-rise.

2. “2021 H2 Healthcare Data Breach Report”; Critical insight; Accessed 21 June 2022; cybersecurity.criticalinsight.com/2021_H2_HealthcareDataBreachReport.

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