HIMSS Participates in National Health Sector Cybersecurity Event

On Tuesday, June 2nd, HIMSS’ Congressional Affairs team participated in the inaugural National Health Sector Fly-In on Capitol Hill.  The event brought together Members from both the House and Senate, Administration officials, senior level staff, and thought leaders from the private sector to discuss the most critical cybersecurity issues facing the healthcare industry.  The event was sponsored by the National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) and the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT).

Deborah Kobza, Founder and Executive Director of NH-ISAC, moderated the discussion.  She also mentioned that the program originated as a result of receiving numerous requests from various congressional staff for education on the unique cybersecurity challenges faced by the healthcare industry. 

The program consisted of three panels comprised of a several speakers from both the public and private sectors on the following topics:

  • National Healthcare & Public Health: The Current and Future Threat Landscape
  • Cross-Sector- Critical Infrastructure Resiliency: How We Are All Connected
  • Cybersecurity Intelligence Information Sharing & Risk Management- Policy & Legislation

Earlier this week, the Senate passed The Freedom Act which modified the pre-existing Patriot Act which oversaw domestic surveillance programs.  Many anticipate the Senate will soon take up the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which passed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) earlier this year with a large bipartisan majority.