Sex and Drugs and Medical Records: Health information and the Dark Web (Burnie) Copy

Medical records are appearing on illicit market places on the Dark Web. The health industry in Australia reports more data breaches than any other industry, with 58% of data breaches due to cyber incidents.

So how safe is your health information?

Your health information is worth more than credit card numbers – it contains rich data, including names, birth dates, policy numbers, diagnosis codes, and billing information. Data is the currency for cybercriminals, trading your personal information on the Dark Web to enable identity theft.

Have you ever heard of the phrases bitcoin, onion routing and ransomware? Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson will present a keynote talk on how medical records have become a hot commodity for cybercriminals and will demystify the terminology related to the Dark Web, allowing you to better understand how this terminology might affect you, and how you can secure your health information.

Kerryn will be joined on the panel by Tasmanian digital health experts, who will discuss privacy of health information in Australia, including the national My Health Record. Join our Q&A section with the panel and hear how your information can remain secure.

About the Panel
Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson

Dr Kerryn Butler-Henderson is the Associate Professor for Digital Innovation in Health and Health Pedagogy in the College of Health and Medicine at the University of Tasmania. She is known for her passion and dedication to the promotion and advocacy of health information in Australian and internationally. Her research specialisation is in workforce analysis, where she leads a large national study with international collaborations, maintaining the first national census of the health information workforce. She is a council member of the Australasian College of Health Informatics.

Dr Joel Scanlan

Joel is a lecturer at the University of Tasmania. He completed his PhD in the dual areas of Intrusion Detection and Machine Learning at UTAS in 2011 and has been a lecturer in Cyber Security since 2008. He has been an active researcher in the area of health for the past decade, primarily focused on digital interventions in the area of mental health, but has also done work in the area of electronic health records. He is primarily a data scientist with a strong interest in information security and privacy. His other current research interests include CCTV analysis and cyber defence of critical infrastructure.

Mark Upton

Mark is Statewide Manager – Health Information for the Tasmanian Health Service. He holds a Masters Degree in Health and Human Services. Mark is an Executive Member of the Health Information Management Association Australia Board of Directors and is a Certified Health Information Practitioner. Mark joined the Royal Hobart Hospital in March 2000. During this time, he has undertaken multiple major projects including deployment of a digital scanned record system, state-wide PAS deployment, facilitation of Integrated Care Centres and has governed amalgamation of clinical records on a state-wide basis. This currently sees the THS scanning 200,000 images per week into its hybrid scanned/electronic medical record. Mark’s current role is varied, including the overall management of the state’s Health Information Department.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.


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