The past decade has seen a surge in the use of new digital technologies across all healthcare settings, which has led to significant improvements in access and care delivery. We have also amassed a wealth of information through these technologies that will help to shape the future of care and dramatically improve health outcomes globally.
A key challenge is how to keep this data safe and secure, and to ensure that patients and the public can trust healthcare organizations with highly confidential information about themselves and their families. There is no quicker way of undermining the public’s trust than by allowing essential systems to be compromised or personal data to be lost.
This report identifies key insights in the international healthcare cybersecurity landscape and proposes a global cybersecurity readiness framework for healthcare organizations.
While there is still much to do in this area, I hope that this publication will serve as a starting point for health systems to assess and ultimately improve cybersecurity. Improved awareness, governance and accountability in this area is essential to protect healthcare organizations from future attacks and ensure that we provide safe care for all patients.