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New $50 Million Cybersecurity Program for Healthcare Industry Launched to Enhance Security: The Universal PatchinG and Remediation for Autonomous DEfense (UPGRADE) Program

BySamantha Jones

May 20, 2024
ARPA-H introduces program to improve and automate cybersecurity in healthcare settings

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) recently launched a $50 million cybersecurity program aimed at helping information technology teams in the health care industry enhance their cybersecurity measures. The Universal PatchinG and Remediation for Autonomous DEfense (UPGRADE) program will proactively identify potential vulnerabilities by scanning software for weaknesses. In the event a threat is detected, an automatic patch could be developed, tested, and deployed with minimal disruption to hospital devices.

John Riggi, the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) national advisor for cybersecurity and risk, commended HHS for acknowledging the unique challenges faced by the health care industry when it comes to vulnerability management. Riggi believes that the research funded by ARPA-H will provide technical solutions that can be strategically implemented to enhance overall security within the sector. With ongoing ransomware attacks posing a serious threat to public health and safety, Riggi sees the UPGRADE program as a collaborative effort between health care professionals and government experts to address cybersecurity issues on a national scale.

According to Riggi, “Cybersecurity is an issue that affects everyone in the health care sector, from hospitals to medical device manufacturers. The UPGRADE program represents a significant investment in our ability to protect patients’ data and ensure that critical medical devices remain operational during times of crisis.”

The AHA has been actively advocating for increased funding and resources for cybersecurity initiatives in recent years. Riggi encourages all healthcare organizations to take advantage of this new resource and implement best practices for securing their systems against potential threats. For more information on cybersecurity and risk-related issues, individuals can reach out to Riggi at jriggi@aha.org or visit www.aha.org/cybersecurity

By Samantha Jones

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