Tillis’ bipartisan bill aims to strengthen cybersecurity for health data

Amid a backdrop of escalating cyberattacks against American health care systems, 

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) signed on to cosponsor a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate its cybersecurity practices. 

“Too many North Carolinians have experienced data breaches by malicious hackers, which is especially concerning when it comes to sensitive health information,” Sen. Tillis said.

On Feb. 8, Sen. Tillis joined U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Angus King (I-ME) in introducing the Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act, S. 3773. 

The legislation would help HHS become better equipped to combat the latest hacking strategies. Last year, about 133 million people had their health data breached, including Medicare beneficiary data, social security numbers, and medical records, Sen. Tillis’ office said.

Under S. 3773, HHS would be required to report the findings of its evaluations of its cybersecurity systems to Congress.

“Americans shouldn’t have to worry about harmful cybersecurity attacks, and this legislation ensures any personal health data stored by the Department of Health and Human Services is properly secured and protected from cybersecurity attacks,” Sen. Tillis said.