HHS Cybersecurity Task Force to include Anthem, Sutter, Kaiser

The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced the members of the newly-created Cybersecurity Task Force.  HHS’s move comes out of the passage last October of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, or CISA.  The law is intended to help US companies react swiftly to potential cyber attacks of their systems.

Health care organizations have been a favorite target of cyber attacks. This past February, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid $17,000 in bitcoins to hackers after their systems were hijacked and administrators were locked out of their systems for over a week.  Just this week, two Prime Healthcare Services hospitals, Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Hospital, were targeted by hackers.

CISA calls for the creation of a Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, which would include representation in the public and private sector.  Task Force members were selected based on recommendations from experts at DHS, HHS, and NIST.

The organizations represented on the task force are:

  • Cook Children’s Health Care System
  • Phillips Healthcare
  • Kaiser Permanente Health Plan
  • Merck & Co
  • Anthem, Inc
  • I Am The Calvary
  • Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Sutter Health
  • FireEye, Inc
  • Stryker Corp.
  • Catholic Health Initiatives
  • UL, LLC
  • CareSet Systems
  • US Dept of HHS
  • Imprivata, Inc
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • Augmedix, Inc
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Symantec Corp.
  • Defense Health Management Systems

A complete list of task force members can be found here.