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Volume: 5 Issue: 8
(August 2018)

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security implications hosting public-facing health records online services 2 july 2018 uk government announced new national health service (‘nhs

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The security implications of hosting public-facing health records in online services

On 2 July 2018, the UK Government announced a new National Health Service (‘NHS’) app that will put patients in England in direct touch with their general practitioners (‘GPs’)1. It is designed to enable users to book appointments, make repeat prescriptions and view their personal medical files that are held by surgeries. Testing of the app will begin in the autumn, and it should be downloadable in England by December 2018. Kevin Curran, Professor of Cyber Security at Ulster University, discusses the security risks that may surface alongside the benefits of such technology being rolled out to the public.

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