Cybersecurity in healthcare: A narrative review of trends, threats and ways forward

Coventry, Lynne and Branley, Dawn (2018) Cybersecurity in healthcare: A narrative review of trends, threats and ways forward. Maturitas, 113. pp. 48-52. ISSN 0378-5122

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.04.008

Abstract

Electronic healthcare technology is prevalent around the world and creates huge potential to improve clinical outcomes and transform care delivery. However, there are increasing concerns relating to the security of healthcare data and devices. Increased connectivity to existing computer networks has exposed medical devices to new cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Healthcare is an attractive target for cybercrime for two fundamental reasons: it is a rich source of valuable data and its defences are weak. Cybersecurity breaches include stealing health information and ransomware attacks on hospitals, and could include attacks on implanted medical devices. Breaches can reduce patient trust, cripple health systems and threaten human life. Ultimately, cybersecurity is critical to patient safety, yet has historically been lax. New legislation and regulations are in place to facilitate change. This requires cybersecurity to become an integral part of patient safety. Changes are required to human behaviour, technology and processes as part of a holistic solution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cybersecurity, ransomware, healthcare
Subjects: B800 Medical Technology
G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Lynne Coventry
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 08:28
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 03:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34336

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