HIMSS applauds the hard work of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force with the release of its Final Report. HIMSS’s initial impressions are extremely positive on the Task Force’s imperatives, recommendations, and action items. The Task Force emphasized the themes put forward in the HIMSS Cybersecurity Position Statement from September 2016, which recommended adopting a universal information privacy and security framework for the health sector, creating an HHS cyber leader role, and addressing the shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals.
HIMSS also appreciates the focus from the Task Force on promoting the greater sharing of threat information across the entire community, and tailoring information sharing for easier consumption by small and medium-size organizations. HIMSS stands ready to continue to work with HHS to increase health care industry readiness through improved cybersecurity awareness and education.