The UK and the NHS have been taking steps to increase cybersecurity awareness

On November 1, 2016, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a £1.9bn National Cybersecurity Strategy to enhance the UK’s cyber-defence capabilities over the next five years. Meanwhile, over the past 18 months the NHS has seen the release of two reports, by Dame Fiona Caldicott (the National Data Guardian) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) respectively, addressing information governance and IT standards in the NHS. Within the same period of time, the CareCERT Intelligence Service was launched by NHS Digital to support healthcare organisations to prevent and respond to cybersecurity vulnerabilities and events. The NHS’s information assets are now publicly considered a potent target for cybercrime.

These developments also have to fit into a broader strategic vision outlined by the NHS, which looks to leverage digital technology to replace paper, support clinical mobility, drive interoperability and produce tangible efficiency gains while operating within increasingly integrated care models. These are complex and challenging requirements that have been highlighted in publications including the Wachter Review and the Five Year Forward View which means NHS leaders now have to take decisions that enable clinical workflow without compromising security standards.

At Citrix, we’ve been supporting healthcare organizations on their digital transformation journeys for over a decade

Whether that’s optimising the rollout out of an electronic health record (EHR) system, providing a mobile workspace or securing clinical applications, Citrix . Our focus on secure mobility and infrastructure in the NHS has underpinned the deployments of major EHR systems such as Cerner Millennium and our partnerships with organizations like Imprivata have allowed us to add a further layer of security in desktop roaming environments without compromising the clinical user experience. Our healthcare IT solutions have been optimized to provide clinical and IT leaders with the ability to easily manage users and applications across multiple devices from smartphones to desktops regardless of location. At a technical level, our solutions have supported healthcare organisations to meet the core requirements of the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme by providing:

  1. Secure system configuration
  2. User access control mechanisms
  3. Patch management
  4. Boundary firewalls and internet gateways

The role of IT in healthcare has to be as an enabler of clinical care. Our front line experience has allowed us to intimately understand the needs of clinicians and IT leaders in the NHS and to deliver solutions that provide an unparalleled level of security without being a barrier to the digital needs of clinical staff.

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