House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Considers Matsui-Long HHS Data Protection Act as Cyber Solution

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Washington, DC, May 25, 2016 | comments
House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Considers Matsui-Long HHS Data Protection Act as Cyber Solution
Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) gave the following opening statement before the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee’s hearing on cybersecurity best practices. Congresswoman Matsui co-authored the “HHS Data Protection Act” with Congressman Billy Long (R-MO), which would elevate the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer within HHS.
“The intersection between technology and our health is impacting nearly every aspect of our daily lives. As we move toward a more connected system of care, we need to make sure our security practices are nimble and forward thinking to meet this new, exciting Health IT landscape.
“Making technological investments in our cyber defense systems is absolutely critical, but it is also just as important that our organizational structures are set up for success.
“The “HHS Data Protection Act” I introduced with my Republican colleague Billy Long would elevate the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer within HHS. The privacy of our health data is of critical importance and this legislation would establish HHS as a model and leader across the federal government.
“It builds on the Obama Administration’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which created the first-ever Federal Chief Information Security Officer, a dedicated senior official in the Administration focused exclusively on coordinating cybersecurity operations across the entire Federal domain.
“We are already seeing this shift happen in the private sector, and I look forward to hearing more about this from our witnesses today. We must also include the important perspective of HHS as the Committee continues our consideration of this legislation.
“A secure, connected health care ecosystem is better for everyone. This health IT transformation requires a solid regulatory and legislative foundation to work from.
“I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress on forward thinking solutions to combat cyber threats across both the public and private sector.”
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