Features, PublicNet: 27 June, 2014

The NHS is moving away from paper and into cyberspace. The move will provide a whole raft of advantages, but there is also risk. Security of data is a key issue. In this feature Graeme Stewart looks at what can be done to limit the risk of condiential data falling into the wrong hands.

It is clear that a paperless NHS is coming, given recent government announcements. As and when the NHS goes digital, huge amounts of private and confidential data will be at great risk. The Trusts around the country are made up of a complex mixture of legacy systems and due to the provision of crucial services that it provides, different Trusts have implemented varying levels of and approaches to security. Operating this way in a modern society is inefficient and it is clear the NHS needs to upgrade. But, in order to protect its data and infrastructure at the same time, the NHS needs to ensure the implementation of a cohesive security policy across the board.

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