Guthrie Introduces Bill To Help Prevent Cyberattacks Against Health Care Providers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), who serves as the Republican Leader of Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, introduced the Department of Health and Human Services Cybersecurity Coordination Act to improve federal cybersecurity readiness and reduce cyberattacks that can put patient safety and privacy at risk.
Guthrie’s legislation implements recommendations made by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on how the Department of Health and Human Services can improve federal communications on cybersecurity threats against key health care agencies and health care providers.
“With patient care and privacy on the line, more federal leadership is needed to ensure health care providers can respond appropriately to sophisticated cyberattacks. That’s why I introduced the Department of Health and Human Services Cybersecurity Coordination Act. This bill would improve the Department of Health and Human Services’ collaboration on cybersecurity threats and enhance their real-time information sharing with health care providers on active cyber threats. This bill advances patient safety and privacy by requiring HHS to take action on cybersecurity recommendations made by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this bill and other measures to prevent these cyberattacks,” said Guthrie.
Guthrie’s bill is part of Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans’ cyber agenda to combat attacks. To learn more about the cyber bills and to read the bill text for the Department of Health and Human Services Cybersecurity Coordination Act, click HERE and HERE, respectively.