Strengthening Cybersecurity in Healthcare: Legislation Introduced to Protect Sensitive Health Information


Tillis and colleagues introduce legislation to safeguard health care data from cyber attacks

Senator Thom Tillis and his colleagues have introduced legislation to improve and secure the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cybersecurity systems. The Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act aims to protect sensitive health information and ensure that personal health data stored by HHS is secure from cyber attacks.

The background of the legislation cites recent reports of a significant increase in cybersecurity attacks targeting healthcare systems, including HHS. In 2023, approximately 133 million individuals had their health data breached, highlighting the urgency of addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the healthcare sector. As the agency responsible for safeguarding Americans’ personal health information, HHS needs to be equipped to defend against evolving hacking strategies.

Under the proposed legislation, HHS is required to conduct regular evaluations of its cybersecurity systems and report their findings to Congress. This proactive step towards safeguarding sensitive health information will enhance cybersecurity measures within HHS and provide greater protection for personal health data.

The full text of the Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act can be found on the official government website. This legislation is a critical step towards protecting sensitive health information and ensuring that personal health data stored by HHS is secure from cyber attacks.

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