Breaches in Medical Information Security: The Problem of Reporting
Computing, Health and Science
Computer & Security Science/Security Research Centre (secAU)
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.