US government spends $50 million on auto-patcher for hospital IT

The United States government is offering $50 million to anyone who can develop a new piece of technology that can better secure healthcare IT equipment.

Due to the sensitivity of the data it generates, the healthcare sector has been one of the most attacked in the US, with ransomware actors continually targeting hospitals and insurance companies. After identifying the problem two years ago, the Biden administration created a new agency within the U.S. government called the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, or ARPA-H.