HHS Releases Healthcare Cybersecurity Strategy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a concept paper outlining the Department’s cybersecurity strategy for the health care sector.  Cyber incidents in health care are on the rise and have led to extended care disruptions, patient diversions to other facilities, and delayed medical procedures, all putting patient safety at risk.  Although FORHP-funded research from the University of Minnesota identified lower rates of ransomware attacks in rural areas, many rural hospitals are less equipped to handle these attacks due to a shortage of IT personnel in rural areas and smaller budgets for cybersecurity infrastructure.  The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response’s website offers tools and resources for healthcare facilities, including small facilities and low-resource hospitals, to protect themselves from cyber attacks.

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