HISA has established a Cybersecurity Community of Practice to inform and engage all stakeholders about cybersecurity in healthcare and influence the application of sound practices. The expanded use of networked technology, internet-enabled devices, applications and electronic datasets, used for a range of clinical, financial and administrative functions, have significantly minimised the number of manual steps and time-consuming processes in healthcare workflows.
Yet, such connectivity and automated processes have increased the vulnerability of healthcare providers to cybersecurity breaches. While cybersecurity may be perceived as primarily a technical matter it is much broader than this and encompasses both technology and human processes.
As we continue to move toward integrated digitally-enabled organisations, the disruption caused by cybersecurity incidents can have far-reaching effects, and may include lack of access to critical clinical information and services, risks to patient safety, costly replacement of equipment and data, loss of community confidence in our healthcare system and reputational damage to the providers and organisations that suffer a breach.
Are you involved in cybersecurity? Do you have any suggestions, ideas or would like to get involved in this community of practice?
Dr Peter Croll
Prof Trish Williams
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2018 Cybersecurity in Australian Healthcare Survey results
HISA’s 2018 Cybersecurity in Australian Healthcare survey reached 48% of health services in regional/rural areas and 52% in metropolitan areas.
We received responses from executives (23%), administrative staff (22%), IT staff (18%), clinicians (12%) and the remainder a mix of researchers, consultants, vendor specialists and board members.
Respondents felt a strong sense of organisational responsibility for the security of information assets and information systems with the following measures in place: formal plans (73%), staffing (75%) and dedicated security budget (42%).
Innovating health roundtable
Whilst we embrace digital programs and solutions to innovate and support health system change, we must be aware of the ever increasing and inherent risks to health operations and the protection of health related data. This roundtable explored the question: how do we balance innovation against risk?
We welcomed an international guest – Theresa Meadows, Senior Vice President and CIO at Cook Children’s Health Care System in Dallas Texas, and Co-Chair of US Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Taskforce. Theresa provided perspectives on the question of significance and the current state of cybersecurity in healthcare.
Additionally, Professor Trish Williams, Chair and Professor of Digital Health Systems at Flinders University, aided Theresa and led the discussion focused on innovation and the digital change agenda within healthcare, which is the theme of this series. Finally, we were also fortunate to have Simon Eid, Country Manager ANZ for Splunk, who provided specific insights and industry trends in cybersecurity, analytics and the protection of data across industries including healthcare.
The roundtable discussion sought to provide an international update on cybersecurity in healthcare, in particular what the Taskforce in the US is aiming to accomplish, and to pose the question of how do we innovate and reform whilst dealing with increasing and more sophisticated cyber threats? The discussion focused on a number of key themes on governance, risk appetite, protecting and sharing information, organisational preparedness, using security as part of innovation, and thinking differently about data in healthcare.
The results of HISA’s 2017 cybersecurity survey have been discussed over some months at branch meetings and webinars and now the published version has been made available online. There were 157 responses to the survey from a cross-section of organisations. It was conducted across four broad domains to assess awareness and maturity across the healthcare [...]read more
HISA welcomes a new expert contributor to the Cybersecurity Community of Practice leadership group – Jorge Silveira, Director of Information Management and CIO for Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW), a comprehensive specialist referral public health service in regional Victoria. He is the chair of the Hume Cybersecurity Working Group and an active member of the VHCIO [...]read more
HISA’s Victoria branch went onsite at Epworth Healthcare this week to talk about cybersecurity in a range of organisational healthcare settings. HISA cybersecurity community of practice also took the opportunity to present the results of its recent survey. Speakers from Epworth Healthcare, the Department of Health and Human Services and Western Hospital gave presentations to [...]read more