The Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act, introduced by Senator Thom Tillis and his colleagues, aims to address the growing concern of cybersecurity attacks on healthcare systems. This legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to regularly evaluate its cybersecurity systems and report their findings to Congress.
Senator Tillis highlighted the importance of securing personal health data stored by HHS and protecting it from cyber threats. By ensuring that Americans’ sensitive health information is protected, this bill aims to alleviate concerns about potential data breaches.
The background of the legislation shows that there has been a significant increase in cybersecurity attacks against healthcare systems, including HHS. In 2023, approximately 133 million people had their health data breached, exposing sensitive information such as Medicare beneficiary data, social security numbers, and medical records. With HHS responsible for safeguarding Americans’ personal health information, the agency must have the tools and capabilities to fend off the latest hacking strategies.
The full text of the bill outlines specific provisions aimed at improving cybersecurity in healthcare systems. It is crucial that we prioritize cybersecurity in the healthcare sector and take proactive measures to protect individuals’ sensitive health information.