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Health Care Industry Task Force Releases Cybersecurity Report

The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force has released a report to help health care organizations prevent and respond to cyber threats.

In the report to Congress, the task force — established by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 — outlines peer-reviewed resources and stresses the importance of cybersecurity to patient safety and continuity of operations. The report identifies six imperatives:

  • establish infrastructure and expectations for health care industry cybersecurity;
  • improve the security of medical devices and health information technology;
  • build health care workforce capacity to address cybersecurity issues;
  • increase health care cybersecurity awareness through education;
  • better protect research and development efforts and intellectual property from cyber attacks; and
  • improve information sharing about cybersecurity threats to the health care industry.

The Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare and Public Health Sector’s Cybersecurity Working Group plans to review the report. Health professionals interested in joining the working group should email cip@hhs.org.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page dedicated to cybersecurity threats. Visit this page regularly for new and updated information.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.