The chapter “Health data security and privacy: challenges and solutions for the future” is published by Elsevier as part of the book entitled “Roadmap to Successful National Digital Health Ecosystem.” The chapter reviews the common health data security and privacy challenges to provide an overview of the context, i.e. the concerns and the types of cybersecurity threats faced by healthcare institutions. Furthermore, the latest scientific work related to two primary solutions for protecting health data used for individual care are highlighted, namely, access control and cryptography, while two additional solutions for protecting data used for secondary purposes, i.e. data de-identification and privacy-preserving distributed data mining (PPDDM) are discussed. We exemplify implementation of these solutions using three real-life use cases in healthcare and pivot our discussion on how healthcare institutions can develop cybersecurity policies and prepare themselves for complying with relevant security and privacy regulations like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Healthcare Insurance Portability and the Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the United States.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topics covered in the book chapter, it is written by several co-authors with several years of experience in the relevant fields. The full list of co-authors is available bellow.
Yigzaw KY, Olabarriaga SD, Michalas A, Marco-Ruiz L, Hilllen C, Verginadis Y, Oliveira MT, Krefting D, Penzel T, Bowden J, Bellika JG, Chomutare T. Health data security and privacy: challenges and solutions for the future. In: Hovenga E, editor. Roadmap Successful National Digital Health Ecosystem, Elsevier; 2021.