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Tillis and Colleagues Propose Legislation to Safeguard Health Care Data from Cyber Threats

Senator Thom Tillis has introduced the Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act, which aims to address the growing number of cybersecurity attacks on healthcare systems. The legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct regular evaluations of its cybersecurity systems and report their findings to Congress. This comes after a surge in data breaches by malicious hackers, particularly in cases involving sensitive health information.

Senator Tillis stressed the importance of securing personal health data stored by HHS and protecting it from cyber threats. He emphasized that Americans should not have to worry about their health information being compromised by cyber attacks.

The bill was born out of a significant increase in cybersecurity attacks against healthcare systems, including HHS. In 2023, nearly 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, it is essential that the agency has the necessary tools and capabilities to combat the latest hacking strategies.

The full text of the bill is available for review to understand its specifics and provisions fully. This initiative underscores the importance of prioritizing cybersecurity in the healthcare sector and taking proactive measures to protect individuals’ sensitive health information.

By Editor

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