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Internet medicine faces multiple challenges

2020-06-15 10:02:55

Internet medical treatment faces multiple challenges, and there are hidden security risks in the network of medical and health institutions. During the outbreak of the epidemic, there was a high risk of offline medical consultation. A number of medical IT companies launched online consultation platforms to help hospitals conduct preliminary screening and triage, relieve the pressure on hospitals to seek medical treatment and avoid cross-infection. Especially during the Spring Festival, the demand for online consultation increased. In addition, with the development of technologies such as big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things, medical and health institutions continue to arrange online medical treatment and mobile medical treatment to meet patients' needs for convenience of medical treatment.

With the continuous popularization of medical informatization, the hidden security risks in the network of medical and health institutions are exposed. According to the report "White Paper on Network Security in the Medical Industry 2020" released by Sadie Consultant, after observing 15,339 units related to the medical industry, the statistical data showed that there were 1,029 units with malicious programs such as zombies, trojans or worms. There were 6,446 units with application service ports exposed on the public Internet. There are 4,546 units with potential security risks of website tampering, among which 261 units have had their websites tampered.

The hospital network security protection ability is weak. According to the report data of The White Paper on Network Security in the Medical Industry 2020 by Sadie Consultant, the hospital currently has the highest adoption rate of network security guaranteed by the firewall, which is 89.99%. The adoption rates of VPN/VLAN partitioning and Internet behavior management were 63.07% and 60.45%, respectively. The adoption rate of network gate, intrusion detection and anti-virus wall equipment is less than 50%; The adoption rates of network access control and vulnerability scanning were only 37.72% and 35.88%. In terms of hospital network security measures, in the statistics of 35 medical information system cases that have carried out network security level protection evaluation, the number of deployed network access systems accounts for 0, and the number of disaster preparedness servers, situational awareness and VPN deployments accounts for 2%.



There is a risk of disclosure of patients' personal information in medical and health institutions. More than 70 million medical records, including sensitive information such as users' names, dates of birth, addresses and medical id Numbers, were stolen after a major us health insurance company's user data was breached in 2015, according to sohu and the society at the scene. At present, similar cases have been found in China. In 2017, the public security department cracked a huge case of infringing citizens' personal information. Hackers involved in the case broke into the information system of a medical institution in 2016, exported some citizens' personal information in the database of the system, and illegally obtained a large amount of citizens' personal information.

2. Policy-driven, network security construction in China's medical industry cannot be slowed down

Since 2018, China's top leaders have issued cybersecurity policies for the medical industry. In April 2018, the National Health Commission issued a document proposing requirements for data center security, terminal security, network security and disaster recovery backup in level II, Level III B and Level III A hospitals. In April 2019, the National Health Commission issued a document to clarify the basic content and requirements of 5-10 years of informatization construction in primary medical and health institutions, including information security and other 10 aspects. In December 2019, the Law of the People's Republic of China on Basic Medical Care and Health Promotion clarified that the state will take measures to promote the establishment and improvement of information security systems in medical and health institutions. In February 2020, the Medical Insurance Bureau and the National Health Commission, in the Guidance on Promoting "Internet +" Medical Insurance Services during coVID-19 Epidemic prevention and Control, required to continuously improve the level of informatization and do a good job in network security work of relevant data of Internet medical insurance services to prevent data leakage.



3. Investment in safety construction of medical industry may be increased

The government, telecommunications and financial sectors account for a large proportion of information security needs, while the medical sector still has room for improvement. According to the "2019-2025 China Information Security Market special research and Future Outlook forecast Report" released by Zhiyan Consulting, the government, telecommunications and financial industries account for the top three of the downstream demand for information security, accounting for 23%, 19% and 18% respectively. According to the figure, the proportion of medical industry is less than 5% (lower than the proportion of energy industry demand). There is still room for improvement in the future.



Second and third level hospitals have strong demand for information security products, which accounts for more than regional and medical insurance informatization demand.

According to the "2019 Medical Informatization bid-winning data analysis" released by Arterial Network, the highest bid-winning amount is nearly 120 million yuan, and the demand of tertiary hospitals accounts for 60% ". According to the report data, the proportion of procurement information security of secondary and tertiary hospitals is 16.40% and 9.00% respectively. The proportion of information products in the purchased region is 3.6% and 2.80%; The proportion of medical insurance informatization products purchased was 2.50% and 1.70% respectively.



Overall spending on China's network security market is expected to grow to $17.9 billion by 2023, according to IDC's Global Semi-Annual Cybersecurity Spending Guide released in September 2019.



Internet healthcare faces multiple challenges. According to sohu and arterial network report data, relevant institutions' data show that in 2019, the ICT market scale of China's medical industry exceeded 40 billion yuan, accounting for about 10% of security. In 2020, the market size and safety investment in the medical industry will still be increased to a certain extent, even in the case of the outbreak of the epidemic, which leads to the budget tightening of all parties, according to Han Weidong, executive vice President of Shengbang Security.


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