HHS Needs a Coordinated Cybersecurity Strategy, CHIME Exec Tells Lawmakers

From: Health Leaders Media

The board chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives also cautioned against making the HHS chief information security officer a presidential appointment.

Coordination, not organizational reporting structure, should be the focus of federal efforts to defend against cyber criminals, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Board Chair Marc Probst told a congressional panel on Wednesday.

“Just as healthcare institutions must coordinate efforts to thwart cyber threats, it is vital that the Department of Health and Humans Services have a coordinated plan to address threats to the data and systems used and housed by the department,” said Probst, vice president and chief information officer at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT.

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