After recent WannaCry ransomware and Petya/notPetya malware attacks exposed the data security vulnerabilities of health care organizations and pharmaceutical companies globally, the Department of Health and Human Services and Office for Civil Rights have rolled out resources to prevent future attacks. The OCR’s resources, such as its Quick-Response Checklist, infographic and informational newsletter, are meant to support health care organizations every step of the way, from planning and contingency plans to response and mitigation procedures.
In the wake of the WannaCry global attack that impacted the U.K.’s National Health Service, the need to protect valuable health care data has never been more urgent. The U.S. government has begun to take steps in the right direction with the passing of executive orders on cybersecurity, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, and the Government Accountability Office report on the Internet of Things.
In a previous blog post, our team evaluated the draft recommendations prepared by the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force in its “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry.”
We recently examined three of the six major recommendations in the report and their potential impact on the existing health care regulatory environment. These include:
- HHS and a Comprehensive Health Care Security Framework
- Government and Private Incentives to Migrate Vulnerable Health Care Providers to More Secure Environments
- Development of Fraud and Abuse Exemptions to Foster Collaboration and Permit Shared Resources