Improving Medical Information Security using Contextualization Models

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF)


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Information Science / Security Research Centre (secAU)




This article was originally published as: Williams, P. H. (2010). Improving Medical Information Security using Contextualization Models. Proceedings of International Conference on Infocomm Technologies in Competitive Strategies (ICT 2010) and International Conference on Green Information Technology (Green IT 2010). (pp. 65-68). Mandarin Orchard, Singapore. Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF). Original article available here


Information communication technologies will increasingly make security in organizations more complex. This will be particularly evident in sectors that already lack adequate security regimes. One such sector is healthcare, where information security is not their core business and the understanding of its importance is often underestimated. Poor implementation of medical information security is affected by more than the acceptance of technology; it is closely linked to human factors, culture and communities of practice, all underpinned by trust. This situation necessitates research into how to contextualize implementation of information security within this environment. The application of a contextual implementation model is compared to the known cultural and community of practice factors in the medical environment. The outcomes provide a better understanding of the issues and form the basis of a model for improving the effective implementation and continued application of effective information security. The impact of this research is in the improved protection of medical information and contributes to the potential for secure e-health solutions nationally.




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