Healthcare systems are increasingly becoming targets of cybersecurity attacks, with sensitive health information being compromised by malicious hackers. This has prompted Senator Thom Tillis and his colleagues to introduce the Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act, aimed at improving the security of personal health data stored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The legislation requires HHS to conduct regular evaluations of its cybersecurity systems and report their findings to Congress. This is a response to the growing concern over data breaches that have been affecting healthcare systems, particularly concerning when it comes to sensitive health information.
Senator Tillis emphasized the importance of securing personal health data stored by HHS and protecting it from cybersecurity attacks. He highlighted the need for Americans to have confidence that their health information is safe and protected from cyber threats.
According to background research, there has been a significant rise 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 being 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 is available for review to understand the specifics and provisions outlined in the legislation. This initiative underscores the importance of prioritizing cybersecurity in the healthcare sector and taking proactive measures to protect individuals’ sensitive health information.