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HHS established the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force following the passage of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. The Task Force members represented a wide variety of organizations within the health care and public health sector, including hospitals, insurers, patient advocates, security researchers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, health information technology developers and vendors, and laboratories.
On June 2, 2017, Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force issued their findings to Congress, demonstrating the urgency and complexity of the ever-changing cybersecurity risks facing the healthcare industry. Their report emphasizes that health care cybersecurity issues are patient safety issues, and calls for a collaborative public and private sector effort to protect our healthcare systems and patients from cyber threats. All of recommendations reflect the need for collaboration– among public and private sector organizations of all sizes and across all sub-sectors – to work together to meet an urgent challenge.
One year later, the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force provided an update on the progress made in mitigating risks, increasing coordination, improving education and other “imperatives” described in the report.
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