Fighting Cybersecurity Threats Is Top Priority for HHS Watchdog

March 30, 2020, 8:03 PM

Protecting patients’ health information from potential cyber attacks is a top priority for the HHS’ watchdog, according to a five-year strategy released Monday.

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG)'s updated strategy for 2020 to 2025 outlines its goals to fight fraud and abuse, promote quality and safety, and advance innovation.

Fighting against cybersecurity threats within the HHS and the health-care sector is one of the newly added priorities in the OIG’s strategy, which was last updated for 2014 to 2018.

The plan’s release follows a March 16 cyber-attack on the HHS’s computer system. ...

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