SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Security is a key foundation for eHealth in Australia, driving benefits in healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency towards improved health outcomes for all Australians. To this end, the National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and Standards Australia have each produced security-related publications to assist Australian healthcare organisations protect their data. These publications provide standards, tools, and guides for the healthcare industry to build and implement secure systems that protect patient data and eHealth-related assets, while providing the provenance required to help ensure patient safety and privacy. This paper outlines some of the current and emerging threats and risks to eHealth in Australia, and how these Australian security-based standards and frameworks can assist in mitigating such threats, support the management of information security risks, and maintain legislative compliance.