Health Information Management

Obama's State of the Union address focuses on cybersecurity

HIM-HIPAA Insider, January 26, 2015

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During his January 20 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama discussed a proposal that would push cybersecurity legislation, according to a statement by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST).

The proposal would permit increased sharing of private-sector cyber threat information with government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, and private-sector Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO). Under the proposal, the sale of stolen financial data would be criminalized. It would also require companies to notify consumers of data breaches, according to HITRUST.
As a federally recognized ISAO, HITRUST believes that the adoption of information systems and exchanges is key to the adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST supports the proposal and the White House’s commitment to private-sector led information sharing and information-sharing relationships between the government and private sector, according to the statement.


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