#SubOversight Hearing on Ways to Improve Health Care Cybersecurity Leads to Results


WASHINGTON, DC – In April, #SubOversight examined ways to bolster our cybersecurity efforts in the health care sector, including public-private partnerships.

During the hearing, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) stated, “As technology becomes increasingly integrated with all levels of our health care, cyber threats pose a challenge to the entire sector. Everyone – from the smallest rural hospitals, to large providers and device manufacturers – faces some level of exposure and risk.”

Testifying before the subcommittee was Mr. Terence Rice, Merck’s Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and member of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force. During Mr. Rice’s remarks, he offered several recommendations, one of them being to appoint a health care cybersecurity liaison to the private sector to help increase collaboration.

In recent weeks, the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HPH SCC) announced the appointment of Gregory T. Garcia as the first Executive Director for Cybersecurity of the HPH SCC.

In touting this important hire, Mr. Rice said, “We are excited that Greg Garcia, who has fought these threats from both government and industry, will join our effort and help build our momentum toward a more secure and resilient healthcare infrastructure.”

The committee commends the HPH SCC for creating this first-of-its-kind role and looks forward to learning more about the council’s efforts.