Hochul proposes new regulation to tighten hospital cybersecurity

Hochul proposes new regulation to tighten hospital cybersecurity

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Gov. Kathy Hochul has proposed new regulations protecting hospitals across the state from cyberattacks.

The guidelines would help guard health care systems from cyber threats.

A main focus is to protect patient data and health records, Hochul said.

The regulations would mandate each hospital to have written procedures and guidelines for in-house systems and a chief information security officer.

“These new proposed regulations set forth a nation-leading blueprint to ensure New York State stands ready and resilient in the face of cyber threats,” Hochul said in a statement.

About $500 million in funding would be provided to hospitals for these upgrades.

If the Public Health and Health Planning Council adopts the plan this week, they will be published in a State Register on Dec. 6 and undergo a public comment period through Feb. 5.

Hospitals would then have a year to put the new regulations into place.