News / Slider / September 8, 2016

Advances in cyber tech to protect patients’ data

The National Information Board (NIB) held its quarterly Leadership Summit at the Health and Care Innovation Expo, and Nicola delivered a keynote address announcing the expansion of the cyber security services provided by NHS Digital’s CareCERT (Care Computer Emergency Response Team). The new technology will better assist healthcare organisations to protect themselves from hacker threats.

Service providers and experts at the Summit discussed the use of online services and patient experience, as well as hearing first-hand about ongoing digital delivery programmes and current work of the NIB. Delegates heard presentations from a range of Health organisations and digital experts including Microsoft, Dame Fiona Caldicott (National Data Guardian), as well as a registered blind patient who spoke of his support for online resources which have helped him ‘see again’.

The Summit also saw the end of Professor John Newton’s tenure as interim Chair of the NIB and hand over to the newly appointed Chief Clinical Information Officer for the health and care system, Professor Keith McNeil.

Nicola has worked extensively on data issues during her time as Chair of the Commons Science and Technology Committee, and knows the importance of the proper use of data.

NHS Digital’s CareCERT will establish a new e-learning portal, cyber security assessment service and a support service. To see key speeches from the summit, see here.

Nicola says: We need to make sure that health and social care information is protected with the highest possible standards of security. NHS Digital’s CareCERT service will help over 1.3 million NHS staff and those working in care staff boost their awareness and knowledge, as well as helping organisations improve their defences and keep valuable patient information secure.

If the worst should happen, the service will also help organisations respond as quickly as possible. I would encourage all health and care organisations to sign up to CareCERT and make the most of this valuable resource.


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