Warner: Cybersecurity Shouldn’t Be an ‘Afterthought’

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) He hopes to introduce legislation this quarter to strengthen healthcare organizations’ defenses and possibly require them to meet minimum standards.

Health care cyber security is a pressing issue. Nearly 50 million patients had their data compromised in 2021 alone. to me HHS.

In November, Warner, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, released a report calling for Congress to strengthen healthcare cybersecurity, including by ordering HHS to appoint a “senior commander” to oversee the issue.

Penn met with Warner to discuss his legislation, national security, the Covid-19 virus, and what he hopes to tackle in the new Congress.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

What is the state of healthcare cybersecurity?

This is the most attractive or lucrative part of ransomware. People’s personal health information is more valuable than financial information.

Nobody is responsible. I went to see the organizational chart again, and counted four separate secretaries who deal with healthcare cybersecurity. You need someone responsible.

Cyber ​​is always an afterthought. It must be integrated into healthcare as new applications and even treatments are created.

Do you have an idea what the big electronic leader you proposed at HHS might look like?

Even if I put someone in charge of HHS, how would that person have sufficient powers? We might even need to elevate that level above HHS to the level of the White House so you can really get some juice with the other secretaries.

How should Congress set minimum standards for healthcare cybersecurity as you have suggested?

The amount of damage caused will require criteria. Parts of the industry will fight back and say you have to replace all of our reimbursements. This is just part of the normal back and forth process. You may make some payments provided you meet minimum criteria.

Then we have individual hospitals and practices that say we’re willing to take mandatory standards but don’t tell anyone else. We’re a big breach away from brutal efforts. So let’s do it early instead of reacting.

With Covid-19 spreading rapidly in China, do you see any national security implications?

The real security implications would not only be the potential spread of the virus or a new strain but also the economic issues if China is forced to go into lockdown again. It sounds like you have a government that has gone from zero tolerance to basically no reporting and says we’re going to let everyone get sick.

You are a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Health. What’s on the agenda?

What I want to look at is cost containment.

It was all about the coverage.

Remember all the savings promises of responsible care organizations? I was drawing me skeptical in terms of thinking we really wrestled with cost issues.

Access to medications used to treat opioid disorder and mental illness could be affected if the DEA does not expand pandemic rules that allow prescribing via telehealth. What must be completed?

We all want to make sure there are appropriate opioid restrictions. Through Covid they have worked through proper safeguards, maybe not completely but in general. I hope the DEA gets the rules set ASAP.

If there was a gap, I would generally be supportive of keeping the relaxed rules. I haven’t seen so much neglect here.

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Just over a month ago, China Having abandoned its years-long “zero Covid” policy, officials say the first wave of infections in many of the country’s most populous counties is receding. This means that hundreds of millions of people contracted Covid-19 in just five weeks.

Disease modellers are skeptical.

They noted that after absorbing the Chinese government’s messages about the seriousness of the deadly virus while also living through harsh lockdowns and quarantines, many Chinese continue to take precautions such as avoiding crowded indoor spaces and wearing masks.

for example: Chinese officials claimed last week Nearly 90 percent of the population of Henan Province, home to 100 million people in western China, has already contracted Covid.

“The numbers of infections and the timing of that wave seem unlikely as they suggest this first wave would have started in early October,” said Louise Blair, head of vaccines and epidemiology at Airfinity, a UK-based health analytics company.

“This means that we would have seen an increase in hospitalizations and a peak in deaths nationwide earlier in November rather than in January, as our model suggests,” she said, adding that the number of deaths, hospital demand and anecdotal evidence suggest the Chinese claims are untrue.

However, Airfinity believes that 12 Chinese regions experienced peaks in infections, including the capital Beijing, the southwestern provinces of Guangdong, and the central provinces of Sichuan. “However, this means that cases are still rising in 20 other regions and provinces,” she said.

The deployment comes so far ahead of the Lunar New Year, celebrated on January 22, during which many Chinese travel to see their families.

“We believe that the peak of infections in China will be after the Lunar New Year celebrations, sometime in late February or mid-March,” added Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. It accurately predicted many previous waves of infections in the United States and Europe.

China releases some data: After calls from the World Health Organization and others for more data on the current wave of infections, Chinese authorities said Saturday that nearly 60,000 people with Covid had died since early December.

the The World Health Organization said It received more information from China about hospital admissions, patients requiring emergency care, and hospital deaths related to Covid-19. “Reported data indicate a decrease in the numbers of cases, hospitalizations and those requiring critical care,” the WHO said, adding that it asked for a more granular breakdown by county over time.

New pre-evidence research The Journal of Preventive Medicine says the legalization of cannabis for recreational use could contribute to an increase in asthma among teens.

Researchers found that between 2011 and 2019, teens in states that legalized recreational cannabis experienced a “slight” increase in asthma rates in 12- to 17-year-olds compared to states where cannabis remained illegal.

The team, from the City University of New York, Columbia, UCSD, and others, found an increase in asthma among children in certain racial and ethnic groups.

“Our findings indicate that cannabis policy at the state level can have definitive effects on children’s respiratory health,” Renee Goodwin, assistant professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, said in a statement.

With More adults use Goodwin said cannabis could expose children to more secondhand smoke, which she called a “major risk factor for asthma.”

The research adds to other recent reports of ill health consequences of increased marijuana use. These include:

Health effects on the lungs Smoking marijuana is as harmful as – or worse than – using tobacco.

People get high and drunk at the same time increased between 2008 and 2019.

Canadian children It is eaten by mistake Commonly eaten cannabis since the Canadian government allowed its sale in 2020.

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