Australia is in the process of adopting a national approach towards the secure electronic exchange of health information. The health information contributions of general medical practices, as the primary point of care, will be critical to the success of an interoperable healthcare system. Improvement in information security practice within general practice will positively contribute towards improved patient care by providing access to timely and accurate information. Further, the implementation of reliable information security procedures within general practices will be critical to secure the exchange of confidential patient information.
Protecting patient health information requires appropriate security measures in regards to technologies, policies, and procedures as well as staff that are trained and aware of these security activities. Adherence to industry standard security activities will enable general practices to take responsibility for their information security thereby avoiding the threat of lost or stolen information. To meet the rising number of computer security threats general practices need to develop a framework of accountability and control to address and demonstrate effective information security management and governance.
This doctoral work is entitled "Measuring and applying information security governance within general medical practice". More information on this research can be found at Information Security Governance Guidelines website.
Mrs Rachel Mahncke (Doctoral Candidate)
Associate Professor Trish Williams (Supervisor)