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AHA Statement on HHS Voluntary Cybersecurity Performance Goals

“America’s hospitals and health systems are dedicated to protecting their patients and workforce against cyber attacks that can disrupt patient care and erode privacy by the loss of personal health care data. To that end, the AHA supports voluntary consensus-based cybersecurity practices, such as those announced today by the Department of Health and Human Services. These cybersecurity performance goals are targeted at defending against the most common tactics used by cyber adversaries to attack health care and related third parties, such as exploitation of known technical vulnerabilities, phishing emails and stolen credentials. We recommend that all components of the health care sector implement these practices including third party technology providers and business associates.

“As data theft and ransomware attacks targeting health care have increased dramatically over the past several years, the AHA has worked closely with federal agencies and the hospital field to build trusted relationships and channels for the mutual exchange of cyber threat information, risk mitigation practices and resources to implement these practices.

“The AHA will continue to work collaboratively with HHS and other federal partners to enhance cybersecurity efforts for the entire health care field, including hospitals and health systems, technology providers, and other vendors, to ensure we are protected against the primary source of cyber risk – criminal and nation state-supported cyber adversaries.”

Rick Pollack
President and CEO
American Hospital Association