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Published on March 08, 2021

New Position Focuses on Health Data Security

Cone Health names its first chief information security officer.


 Doug McMillian has been selected as vice president, chief information security officer (CISO) for Cone Health. 

According to a recent report from cloud security company Bitglass, health care data security breaches were up 55.1% last year over 2019 levels. “Health systems must safeguard information systems to protect patients’ data while complying with government data privacy regulations,” says Cone Health Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Ben Patel. “A dedicated CISO is needed to stay abreast of the changing technology landscape, develop an information security program and to ensure data is secured.”

In his role as CISO, McMillian oversees the information security program, establishes cybersecurity and governance practices, works to minimize risks and keeps up with the rapidly changing field of cybersecurity.

McMillian earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Pfeiffer University and has more than 15 years of experience in health care information technology. He has been with Cone Health since 2008 and served on the core team that built and managed access to health care information across Cone Health.

McMillian has been interim chief technology officer since 2019 and will continue in that role.