Cyber Security for Virtual Clinics
Virtual clinics are increasingly being implemented in modern healthcare systems. There is a need for standardisation of definitions, scope, roles and responsibilities in this context. Patients are involved more as active partners with the healthcare providers than as passive recipients of care. This requires description of the new patient–clinician contract that the patient (and clinician) must provide informed consent for. Healthcare data is increasingly valued and breaches are becoming more common. Security strategies need to take into account the clinical, financial and other risks while conforming to the necessary legislative rules. Patients require secure access to their healthcare records for virtual services, a potential target for fraud, as this much larger population, compared with care workers, may be more easily susceptible. Education about data security and advances such as biometric authentication systems may be the future. Virtual clinics should be implemented as service redesign projects within specific clinical context.
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