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Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm addressed AHA Annual Membership Meeting attendees about the Administration’s work to improve access to care and increase the number of people with health insurance, as well as the Change Healthcare cyberattack and what cybersecurity looks like in the future.

“We’ve been in a live fire exercise recently and are learning lessons that inform the ways we will move forward,” she said. “These attacks happen — it’s not an if; it’s a when.”

HHS in January released cybersecurity performance goals for the health care sector, and Palm discussed the ways the Administration intends to support hospitals and health systems as they adopt best practices when it comes to protecting patients’ information and hospital networks as a whole. She specifically mentioned supporting rural hospitals, which may not have the resources to reach the goals on their own.

Palm also said that while the worst of the cyberattack on Change Healthcare may be over, HHS will continue to support hospitals and health systems as they recover. “We know the burden is easing, but we will continue to stay connected until everything is 100% operational.”

Palm emphasized that it also presented opportunities to learn, analyze and prepare for the next attack.

“There’s a ton of work for us to continue to do together,” she said. “I am excited to do that work with you and improve the health and well-being of people in this country.”


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