September 08, 2023
The federal government has launched a new department to address the growing cybersecurity threats against the U.S. health care system.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the creation of the Digital Health Security (DIGIHEALS) project to protect the U.S. health care system’s electronic infrastructure.
“The DIGIHEALS project comes when the U.S. (health care) system urgently requires rigorous cybersecurity capabilities to protect patient privacy, safety, and lives,” said Dr. Renee Wegrzyn, director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). “Currently, off-the-shelf software tools fall short in detecting emerging cyberthreats and protecting our medical facilities, resulting in a technical gap we seek to bridge with this initiative.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Additional information is available online.
For more information about health care cybersecurity, contact Jason Tomashunas, MS, CHEP, HAP manager, emergency management. John Riggi, the American Hospital Association’s senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, also offers coverage and resources about health care cybersecurity.
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