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Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity Community of Practice informs and engages stakeholders about cybersecurity in healthcare and influences the application of sound practices.

David Bunker FAIDH CHIA, Queensland Genomics Health Alliance

What is cybersecurity?

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.

Leadership

Deana Scott

Deana Scott

Chair, QLD

CEO, VMORE

Anna Hall

Anna Hall

Deputy Chair, VIC

Chief Information Officer, headspace

Matthew McDougall CHIA

Matthew McDougall CHIA

Secretary, NT

ICT Infrastructure Technical Lead, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress

Kristy Jackman CHIA

Kristy Jackman CHIA

Member Engagement Coordinator, QLD

Director Administration Services, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Karen Lee

Karen Lee

Member Engagement Coordinator, NSW

Legal Counsel, Novartis

Richard Oakham CHIA

Richard Oakham CHIA

Digital Content Coordinator, QLD

Principal Software Developer, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

Meena Wahi

Meena Wahi

Digital Content Coordinator, VIC

Dr Andrew Westcombe CHIA

Dr Andrew Westcombe CHIA

Written Content Coordinator, NSW

Security Awareness Lead, Australian Digital Health Agency

Dr Greg Adamson FAIDH

Dr Greg Adamson FAIDH

Committee member, VIC

Hongmei Xie

Hongmei Xie

Committee member, SA

Research Assistant, Flinders University

Upcoming Events

The Institute hosts dozens of events nationally each year.

Cybersecurity on Digital Health TV

A member-exclusive benefit featuring hundreds of videos.

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Overview of Cybersecurity and the Community of Practice

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AIDH Cybersecurity Community of Practice

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Cybersecurity: What you need to know about data breach legislation

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Security as a key pillar in delivering the next generation of virtualised care

Resources

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%)
  • dedicated security budget (42%)

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Security check of Australia's healthcare information

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 ecosystem:

  • Leadership
  • Culture/Staff responsibility and awareness
  • Policies and procedures
  • General cybersecurity knowledge

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Community blogs, learnings and insights

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Congratulations to new community leaders

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Introducing the 2021 Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey

Introducing the 2021 Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey

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AIDH CoP committees call for nominations 2021

AIDH CoP committees call for nominations 2021

The Institute is calling for nominations from eligible members who would like to hold a leadership position within one of our six CoP Committees. Being part of a CoP Committee is a great way to contribute to a community focused on building the digital...

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