Cooperation for increased IT-security in healthcare

The complex digitalisation process we are currently going through entails a major social change. Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other forms of automation are providing opportunities in the form of new aids and increased efficiency, but are also leading to vulnerability.

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The complex digitalisation process we are currently going through entails a major social change. Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other forms of automation are providing opportunities in the form of new aids and increased efficiency, but are also leading to vulnerability. Online Attacks and fraud are increasing, affecting both private individuals and large organisations. For decision makers in the private and public sectors, the cyber threats have become one of the biggest and most important issues. This is the case not least within healthcare, where the need for safety and security is especially great.

Opportunities and challenges

To some extent, the opportunities for healthcare also constitute its challenges. For example, patient security is central and must be strengthened when new aids and technologies are introduced. In parallel with that, we need to increase user friendliness for those who work in the different systems. As in many other sectors, there are numerous obsolescent IT systems In healthcare which are not particularly user-friendly. A large proportion of Sweden's population and healthcare employees are currently in the process of acquiring new systems. It is a good opportunity to put things right and to do the right things.

And so to cyber attacks – a major challenge for all online activities and not something that an organisation can combat on its own. Protection against cyber attacks must be developed and implemented at national and international level.

Collaboration at different levels for a more secure future

There are currently several initiatives and institutions engaged with these issues. AT EU level there is, for example, the ISA2-programme and Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which are endeavouring to achieve a public sector where countries and organisations collaborate. To achieve this, the ISA2 programme supports development of digital solutions which help organisations, companies and citizens within the EU to cooperate. Another example is EU Agenda on Security), the EU's security strategy which specifies how the Union's overall resources and expertise shall be used to combat cyber crime, for example via national teams (Computer Security Incident Response Teams), such as CERT-SE. In that context, SecMaker has not had any reports of vulnerability for the last five years.

In Sweden there is Efos, E-identity for the public sector. Efos is Inera's and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's new joint identification service – a joint platform to provide authorities, municipalities and county councils with high level electronic identification. SecMaker has been entrusted to supply software to improve and simplify identification

SecMaker has been participating in national IT security projects within national health for more than ten years. All healthcare employees and all administrative personnel in Sweden have a smartcard which is managed by our Net iD software. We are also engaged in the same important issues in Norway and Finland.

In the future we will use some entries here on the blog to say more about the national and international work which is already under way and how we think that the collaboration can be expanded going forward.

If you would like further information right now, contact us to find out more.

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