Is the biggest security threat to medical information simply a lack of understanding?

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Abstract

Connecting Australian health services and the e-health initiative is a major focus in the current health environment. Many issues are presented as key to its success including solving issues with confidentiality and privacy. However, the main problem may not be these issues in sharing information but the fact that the point of origin of such records is still relatively insecure. This paper highlights why this may be the case. Research into the security of medical information has shown that many primary healthcare providers are unable to create an environment with effective information security. Numerous factors contribute to this complex situation including a trustful environment, the resultant security culture and the capability of individual healthcare organisations. Further, the growing importance of new directions in the use of patient information is considered. This paper discusses these issues and positions them within the complex environment that is healthcare. In our current health system infrastructure, the points of origin of patient information are our most vulnerable. This entwined with progressively new uses of this information expose additional security concerns, such as re-identification of information, that require attention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Informatics: The Transformative Power of Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationThe Transformative Power of Innovation - Selected Papers from the 19th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2011
PublisherIOS PRESS
Pages179-187
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781607507901
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event19th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2011 -
Duration: 1 Aug 2011 → …

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume168
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference19th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2011
Period1/08/11 → …

Keywords

  • E-health
  • Electronic medical records
  • Medical information security
  • Re-identification

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