Digitisation poses IT security challenges for hospitals
Cloud computing, networked communication, virtual teamwork — digitisation offers hospitals and other healthcare facilities enormous potential for optimisation. The effects on the profitability of medical facilities and on patient care are sustainably positive. If it weren’t for IT security. How well protected are healthcare networks? Can sensitive data be lost during transmission or in the course of collaboration? Or even worse: be intercepted? Can IT security in hospitals keep pace with the tempo of digitalisation?
Protection of sensitive patient information is required
If one thinks about the most sensitive data of a society, then patient information certainly belongs to it. The need for protection is therefore particularly high. In the meantime, the legislator has also recognised this and created a clear legal situation. At the latest, IT security in the healthcare sector will become a playing field for liability risks and claims for damages. This is why IT security is a top priority in hospitals. Several hospitals have already painfully discovered that absolute security can hardly be achieved. In particular, the attack with the ransomware “Wannacry” in 2017 had an enormous impact on hospital IT worldwide. Examinations had to be postponed, operations had to be cancelled and the financial damage was immense.
The electronic patient file, telemedicine and cross-sector information logistics make it extremely demanding to manage data securely. But IT security is no longer just a technical issue. It also concerns the awareness of the employees, the intensified data protection and the growing requirements of the legislator. Examples are the Medical Devices Ordinance (MDR) and the audits according to § 8a of the BSI Act.
SRC expert Dr. Deniz Ulucay talks to the KU Gesundheitsmanagement Magazine
In an interview with Birgit Sander, editor of KU Gesundheitsmanagement Magazine, Dr. Deniz Ulucay, SRC expert for IT security in healthcare, gives detailed insights into potential threat scenarios and adequate defense strategies. The title of the article asks: “How secure is IT in our hospitals? It can be downloaded here (German).