Primary care information security: a case study for practical assistance

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Health Informatics Society of Australia


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Information Science / Centre for Security Research




Williams, P. & Mahncke, R. (2006). Primary care information security: a case study for practical assistance. Health Informatics Conference 2006 - Bridging the digital divide: Clinician, consumer and computer. (pp.1-6) Sydney: Health Informatics Society of Australia. Conference website available here.


National recommendations for security of information are a primary step in the protection of data however these recommendations are neither specific nor practical enough in light of push for the adoption of electronic health records. Background: The implementation of electronic health records (EHR) globally has prompted examination of information security within primary care practice. This has occurred as an indicator of quality assurance to ensure privacy and security of patient-health information. In addition, perceived concerns such as technical compatibility, costs, work practice changes, training, ethical matters and clinical usefulness, have hindered the adoption of electronic records interchange. In reality the issues are consistency in standards and common record formats; ethical and legal requirements including security and confidentiality of information; and patient data qualify If electronic medical records are to be widely adopted nationally and internationally then assistance in addressing these issues is needed Objectives: The objective of this research was to determine what practical information security recommendations government health departments internationally offer primary care practices via their websites. A review of the degree of practicality of advice was assessed.