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Cybersecurity

July 03, 2018 | Daily News

A major hospital group says FDA needs to step up and mandate cybersecurity for medical devices, a move intended to address risks related to legacy products that can't be updated or adequately patched as Congress considers steps to protect patients from cyber attacks.

June 11, 2018 | Daily News

House lawmakers introduced a draft hazard preparedness reauthorization bill that would enhance FDA’s emergency use authorities and direct the agency to work toward developing medical countermeasures with regard to cybersecurity threats.

June 06, 2018 | Daily News

In an unusual show of bipartisanship, key lawmakers from the Senate and House sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar that castigates the department for failing to follow through on key provisions of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which tasked HHS with developing industry-based approaches to mitigating cyber attacks.

April 17, 2018 | Daily News

FDA's device center may ask Congress for authority to require medical device makers build cybersecurity into their upfront product designs and, once a product is marketed, to disclose any vulnerabilities as they are identified.

April 12, 2018 | Daily News

FDA is seeking $70 million to create a Center of Excellence on Digital Health, which would be tasked with crafting a new regulatory approach toward these products, akin to what FDA is already piloting with its software pre-cert program, according to budget material sent to congressional appropriators.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The American Medical Association is urging HHS to put out a policy that would encourage physicians to embrace a framework for managing cybersecurity risks in exchange for the government agreeing not to conduct surprise audits under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which governs the handling and use of medical records and personal patient information.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

An FDA-sponsored survey on enhanced cybersecurity for medical devices has found competing influences -- from regulatory requirements to purchasing demands -- that must be overcome to ensure device safety and improved medical treatments.

March 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Federal Trade Commission's chief of privacy and identity protection is recommending the use of contracts and oversight of vendors to minimize the cybersecurity risks of handling medical information and personal health records.

March 29, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar is being pressed to weigh in on a dispute over alleged mismanagement of the department's recently established cyber-threat sharing center, which is undergoing a restructuring that a leading HHS cybersecurity official says could undermine the department's ability to assist the health sector in anticipating and responding to cyber attacks.

March 14, 2018 | Daily News

The former director of the Obama administration's cybersecurity commission is cautioning the health industry about moving too quickly to data-driven innovations and automation without adequate security consideration, advice that comes as the industry faces increased ransomware and other denial of service attacks.

March 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in its third annual cybersecurity survey found the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center ranked among the bottom third of sources for cyber threat intelligence, with “word of mouth” at the top with nearly 70 percent of respondents.

March 07, 2018 | Daily News

LAS VEGAS -- The National Institute of Standards and Technology within the next few weeks will request industry participation in a proposed project for improved security of patient imaging, archiving and communications systems, as part of a broader NIST effort to assist healthcare providers and device manufactures address the growing threat of cyber attacks.

January 04, 2018 | Daily News

The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center's Threat Intelligence Committee has alerted the healthcare sector to two new cybersecurity threats, the NH-ISAC TIC announced Thursday.

August 16, 2017 | Daily News

A coalition of critical industry groups and technology companies is defending HHS' recent decision to establish a cyber-threat information sharing center, arguing the group would augment rather than duplicate info-sharing efforts by the Department of Homeland Security.

June 09, 2017 | Daily News

HHS has formed a cybersecurity communications center that is focused on helping the healthcare industry respond to cyber attacks and restructuring department operations to assist those cyber-defensive measures in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attacks last month.

June 09, 2017 | Daily News

HHS is reviewing the regulatory and legal requirements that could prevent hospitals and other healthcare providers from collaborating with the government and among themselves in defending against evolving cyber threats, an issue that was highlighted in the wake of the WannaCry attacks last month, according to HHS officials.

May 31, 2017 | Daily News

FDA guidance is “not enough” to mitigate security risks, according to a new survey of medical device manufacturers and healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs).

May 26, 2017 | Daily News

The Trump administration’s HHS budget request would cut $6.19 million from the office responsible for enforcing data privacy and security requirements.

May 19, 2017 | Daily News

FDA is working closely with medical device manufacturers and other government departments to address any devices that may have been compromised by the WannaCry cyberattack, FDA spokesperson Stephanie Caccomo told Inside Health Policy.

May 15, 2017 | Daily News

The departments of Homeland Security and HHS are scrambling, with the assistance of the tech sector, to promote the use of cybersecurity best practices in mitigating the effects of an ongoing global ransomware attack that began on Friday by targeting the United Kingdom’s health care system and other critical industries.

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