The healthcare cybersecurity act, a new bill which was first introduced to the Senate in March 2022, was created to enhance the cybersecurity of the healthcare and public health sector.

Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the bipartisan Healthcare Cybersecurity Act (S.3904), shortly after President Biden warned all critical infrastructure sectors to harden their cyber defenses to safeguard against potential Russian cyberattacks.

“Healthcare and Public Health Sector assets are increasingly the targets of malicious cyberattacks, which result not only in data breaches, but also increased healthcare delivery costs, and can ultimately affect patient health outcomes,” the bill began.

The act aims to strengthen healthcare cybersecurity by partnering the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) with HHS. Specifically, the act would require CISA and HHS to enter into an agreement, as defined by CISA, that would improve cybersecurity in the healthcare and public health sector.

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