Senator Thom Tillis and his colleagues have recently introduced the Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act, which aims to address the growing threat of cyber attacks on healthcare systems. This legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct regular evaluations of its cybersecurity systems and report their findings to Congress.
The bill was introduced in response to a significant increase in data breaches by malicious hackers, particularly concerning sensitive health information stored by HHS. Senator Tillis emphasized the importance of securing personal health data and protecting it from cyber threats, ensuring that Americans do not have to worry about their health information being compromised.
According to the background of the legislation, there has been a 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. As responsible for safeguarding Americans’ personal health information, HHS 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.