The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 in the omnibus federal government spending bill includes nine pages on improving cybersecurity in the healthcare industry. But once several pages of definitions are out of the way, there is not a real plan; it is more of a process for getting to a plan.

First, the Department of Health and Human Services is required within a year of enactment to submit to multiple congressional committees a report assessing the preparedness of HHS and the industry as a whole to respond to cybersecurity threats. HHS must designate a leader for the department’s cybersecurity initiatives and explain how each relevant operating division and subdivision will address threats.

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