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Government Watchdog Makes 7 Recommendations to HSS to Improve Cybersecurity

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

The Government Accountability Office has published a report following a review of the organizational approach to cybersecurity of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The study was conducted because both the HHS and the healthcare and public health sector are heavily reliant on information systems to fulfil their missions, which include providing healthcare services and responding to national health emergencies. Should any information systems be disrupted, it could have major implications for the HHS and healthcare sector organizations and could be catastrophic for Americans who rely on their services.

“A cyberattack resulting in the disruption of IT systems supporting pharmacies, hospitals, and physicians’ offices would interfere with the approval and distribution of the life-saving medications and other products needed by patients and healthcare facilities,” said the GAO in the report.

The HHS must implement...

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