Orlando, FL
Feb. 19, 2017

John Houston

Vice President, Privacy & Information Security, Associate Counsel

John Houston is vice president, information security and privacy, and associate counsel for the UPMC, a $11 billion health system headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. ( In this position, he has broad accountabilities across UPMC, including accountabilities related to privacy, information security and legal matters associated with the acquisition, licensing and use of technology.  Mr. Houston is responsible for the UPMC startup “CloudConnect”, a company that offers cloud-based IT services to healthcare providers. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

John has been significantly involved in UPMC’s compliance with the privacy and security provisions of HIPAA and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He has testified twice before the United States Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and once before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He has also spoken nationally and internationally on such topics as health care privacy and health care information systems.

John was also a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) from 2002 until 2010.  NCVHS is a public advisory body that makes recommendations to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a member of NCVHS, Mr. Houston co-chaired the NCVHS Subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality and Security. 

John completed his undergraduate studies in 1986 at the University of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and History.  Mr. Houston later attended the Duquesne University School of Law where he received his JD degree in 1994. 

February 19, 2017
11:55am - 12:35pm
Plaza International DEF Ballroom

John Houston is the Vice President of Privacy and Information Security & Associate counsel for UPMC, a $13 billion integrated healthcare delivery system headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Among his many duties, John plays a key role in negotiating agreements related to the acquisition, licensing, and use of technology.

UPMC spends many millions of dollars annually on technology. These days, much of the spend is on cloud-based solutions, with far fewer being made for on premise software, when compared to the past. Needless to say, UPMC has a lot at stake when negotiating these deals.

In this session, John will discuss the market forces driving UPMC to the cloud. More importantly, he'll provide an overview of the types of key terms that should be included in a cloud agreement to ensure that cloud services are reliably and effectively delivered and that the data is appropriately safeguarded.

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