EHNAC Executive Director Part of HHS Cybersecurity Task Force (405d) Presented with FedHealthIT Innovation Award

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FARMINGTON, Conn., June 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, today announced Lee Barrett, EHNAC Executive Director and CEO, was a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Cybersecurity Task Force (405d) which was recently awarded a FedHealthIT Innovation Award. The group was recognized at the FedHealthIT Innovation Awards and Networking Event held June 11, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for the production and dissemination of the “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients (HICP)” resource – a targeted set of applicable and voluntary practices that seeks to cost-effectively reduce the cybersecurity risks of Healthcare organizations.

“Development of the provider documents, which were released in December 2018, was a significant collaborative effort with the private and public sectors working together to develop and distribute guidelines, references and best practices that will assist organizations as they address, prepare and develop contingency plans that will be in place for when a cyberattack or breach occurs in their organizations,” said Barrett. The CSA 405(d) Task Group, under the leadership of co-chairs Julie Chua (HHS) and Erik Decker (University of Chicago Medicine), brought together over 150 public and private sector stakeholders to produce the set of practical cybersecurity guidelines to reduce cybersecurity risks for the healthcare industry. As a member of the 405(d) Task Group, Barrett participated on several Workgroups and developed the Appendices which includes templates and other reference documents that organizations can use and customize as part of their organizational reviews.  He also that will be made available on the HHS website along with the other best practices and guidelines to assist the healthcare ecosystem. The FedHealthIT Innovation Awards honors Federal Health innovation, technology and consulting sector programs nominated and selected by their peers for driving innovation and results across the Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Military Health, the Department of Health and Human Services. The recipients were honored at the FedHealthIT Innovation Awards and Networking Event held June 11, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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Debra Hopkinson, EHNAC, 860-408-1620

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Globe Newswire: 14:00 GMT Wednesday 12th June 2019

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