Title

Breaches in Medical Information Security: The Problem of Reporting

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

CSREA Press

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer & Security Science/Security Research Centre (secAU)

RAS ID

10190

Comments

This article was originally published as: Patel, N. , & Williams, P. H. (2010). Breaches in medical information security: The problem of reporting. Proceedings of International Conference on Security & Management. (pp. 633-636). Las Vegas Nevada, USA. CSREA Press. Conference website available here.

Abstract

General medical practices providing primary health care are the primary source for seeking medical advice in society. Government incentives and the urge to keep up-todate with current trends have led to massive deployment of technology in General Practices. Whilst this technology has enormously benefited the profession, it has also seen sundry forms of security breaches. The lack of appropriate reporting mechanisms in Australia has prompted this research. A qualitative research methodology with an online questionnaire was used. A random selection of general practices in Western Australia was invited to participate. The results of the research, whilst preliminary, revealed that general practices lack appropriate monitoring protocols for security breaches. Current security guidelines provided to general practices are not enough to ensure the security of patient records. The introduction of mandatory reporting may alleviate this situation and create improvement in information security in the medical domain.