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Health Care and Cyber Security

Call for Papers

The development of new electronic services within health and social care provides an opportunity for citizen-focused health care, especially in sharing information across traditional organisational boundaries. With the move to enhanced services, there are also increasing risks, including from data breaches and in the hacking of medical devices.

As health care data often contains sensitive data, there are many risks around the trustworthiness of the security infrastructures used within health and social care and in the methods that can be applied to share information across domains. New regulations, too, such as with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), focus on an integrated security approach for incident response, encryption, and pseudoanonymisation and in providing citizens with more control over their data. This will require new approaches to the design of data architectures and the services used within health and social care infrastructures.

This special issue focuses on the latest research within health and social care for cyber security, including the application of new methods to integrate data from each part of the patient journey. It will also focus on the integration of policies and data protection methods, to protect against data breaches, along with allowing data to be used to improve patient safety and in reducing the costs of health care provision.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Data breaches and risk models within health and social care
    • Detecting and responding to health care data breaches
    • New design principles for GDPR requirements within health and social care data
    • Models for risk analysing cyber security threats
    • Citizen-focused health and social care systems
  • Information sharing and secure architectures within health and social care
    • Trust, governance, and consent around interagency approaches
    • Data sharing models for interagency approaches
    • Creating consensus models for health and social care
    • Cloud-based architectures for integrated health and social care
  • Cryptography for health and social care data
    • Integration of cryptography for trust and governance, including methods for anonymization and secure data processing
    • Policy integration for data access
    • Anonymization and sanitisation of health care data
    • Application of blockchain methods within a health care environment
  • Attacks on health care devices
    • Vulnerabilities in health care devices

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 27 October 2017
Publication DateMarch 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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