Title

The underestimation of threats to patients data in clinical practice

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer and Information Science, Centre for Security Research

RAS ID

2912

Comments

This article was originally published as: Williams, P. (2005). The underestimation of threats to patients data in clinical practice. Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Information and Security Management Conference (pp.117-122) Perth, Western Australia. SCIS, ECU. Original article available here

Abstract

Issues in the security of medical data present a greater challenge than in other data security environments. The complexity of the threats and ethics involved, coupled with the poor management of these threats makes the protection of data in clinical practice problematic. This paper discusses the security threats to medical data in terms of confidentiality, privacy, integrity, misuse and availability, and reviews the issue of responsibility with reference to clinical governance. Finally. the paper uncovers some of the underlying reasons for the underestimation of the threats to medical data by the medical profession.