Health Cybersecurity Guide Could Redefine 'Reasonable'

By Allison Grande (January 3, 2019, 10:11 PM EST) -- Voluntary health care cybersecurity standards recently unveiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are likely to unofficially set a new "reasonable security" standard that could help fuel both private litigation and more formal policymaking efforts, attorneys say.

HHS used the waning days of 2018 to drop a new four-volume publication aimed at providing voluntary cybersecurity practices to health care organizations of all types and sizes. The guide, which was released on Dec. 28 and produced in collaboration with the private sector, lays out the top five cyberthreats facing the industry, offers 10 practices to help reduce these risks,...

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