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HIMSS Statement on Passage of Healthcare Cybersecurity Provisions in the 2016 Omnibus

December 18, 2015


Arlington, VA (December 18, 2015) - HIMSS applauds the House and Senate for passing critical cybersecurity information sharing legislation as part of the FY2016 omnibus spending package.

HIMSS strongly supports the healthcare-specific provisions in the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 that will move the entire sector forward in addressing the many challenges of an increasingly complex health IT cybersecurity landscape.

HIMSS has consistently called for the need to ensure a single pipeline of actionable, real-time cyber threat data to healthcare leaders and facilitate consistent implementation of a common set of security and risk management standards and best practices across the sector.

HIMSS thanks HELP Committee Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA) for their leadership in authoring the provisions that will finally bring this much needed support to healthcare organizations as they work to protect patients and their data from growing cyber threats.

We look forward to partnering with HHS to implement these important policies and ensure the resulting tools and resources can be accessed and utilized by all healthcare organizations.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is the global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health and healthcare. In North America, HIMSS positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include theHIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week,HIMSS Innovation Center,HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™,HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.

Media Contact: Joyce Lofstrom | HIMSS North America jlofstrom@himss.org (312) 915-9237

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