Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ASPR and Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force

Dana Halvorson and Erin Prendergast

You might be interested to know more about the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and their work related to cybersecurity.  

ASPR was created under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. ASPR focuses on preparedness planning and response; building federal emergency medical operational capabilities; countermeasures research, advance development, and procurement; and grants to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and health care systems in public health emergencies and medical disasters. The office provides federal support, including medical professionals through ASPR’s National Disaster Medical System, to augment state and local capabilities during an emergency or disaster.  

The ASPR website has information that you might find very useful, including more on the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force. The Task Force, which was established by the Department of Health and Human Services in March 2016, released a report to Congress that incorporates input from the past year from experts inside and outside of the health care industry and the general public about improving cybersecurity. The appendix included in the report provides a quick reference of cybersecurity informational resources that may be helpful to health care organizations of all types and sizes.  

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