Axel WirthAdjunct Professor, Dept.of Biomedical Engineering at University of Connecticut
As Chief Security Strategist, Axel Wirth provides strategic vision and industry leadership to MedCrypt and its customers. In this role he helps guide the company in critical security strategy decisions and supports the adoption of leading security technology to the healthcare industry. As an advocate for compliance, privacy, and security - and ultimately patient safety - in healthcare, Wirth draws from over 30 years of international experience in the industry.
He is an active participant in industry and standards organizations, serves on boards and committees, and is a frequent speaker on subjects such as healthcare cybersecurity and privacy, medical device security, regulatory compliance, and related healthcare-specific topics.
As adjunct professor, Wirth teaches a Medical Device Cybersecurity course at the University of Connecticut clinical engineering graduate program as well as guides healthcare-focused cybersecurity startup companies as an advisory board member.
In recognition of his accomplishments, he has been awarded the “2018 ACCE/HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering & IT Synergies Award” and the “ACCE 2019 Clinical Engineering Advocacy Award” as well as has been recognized as a Fellow by AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) and HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society).
His extensive background in the healthcare IT and medical device industries includes engineering leadership as well as business development and marketing roles with Siemens, Analogic, Mitra, Agfa, and Symantec. His education includes a BS in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf (Germany) and an MS in Engineering Management (MSEM) from The Gordon Institute of Tufts University