gdpr4h Project

The healthcare industry is plagued by a myriad of cybersecurity-related issues posing new challenges in the Healthcare Sector. In an increasingly data-driven world, cybersecurity is no longer just a concern for experts. During the last 12 months, Europe came across an unprecedented number of cyber-attacks in terms of their global scale, impact on business sector and rate of spread.

Characteristically, the May’s 2017 attack in England’s National Health Service (NHS) demonstrated in the most flashing way the vulnerabilities of information systems (IS) in any possible way. Healthcare organizations are some of the most-trusted entities holding the most sensitive information about patients: name, date and place of birth, medical records, social security details. Suffering from many flaws (low budget, lack of IT organization, excessive use of legacy systems), healthcare actors have become easy targets for hackers, facing more and more pressure and threats from them.

The nature of the healthcare industry’s mission poses unique challenges since cyber-attacks can have ramifications beyond financial loss and breach of privacy.The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679 which will be directly applicable in all member states by 25 May 2018 requires for healthcare organizations to re-think about their data flows and how they handle and monitor patient data to make sure they are in compliance with the regulation.

At the same time, the expected massive growth of data protection jobs redrives new skills, knowledge and competences from Healthcare employees. As a result, Healthcare Sector is facing the risk of rising skills mismatch between data protection officers/employees across European countries with different occupational profile on skills and competences and most importantly, different level of legislation/integration on data protection.

Our proposed Project aims at empowering the major actors with employees that are going to fill the gap and the identified skills mismatch through:

  • Developing enhanced regional and cross-regional partnerships to ensure that a sufficient number of healthcare employees and learners receive the right training / education based on current needs
  • Connecting educational and vocational training with healthcare industry and organisations in a more systematic and coherent way
  • Developing an environment that is going to foster employability of employees in the healthcare sector, providing adequate tools that will better their working conditions and the quality of services provided.
  • Improving comparability and transfer of skills and competences focusing on-line training of current healthcare employees based on a blended approach, while introducing innovative education/ training initiatives.
  • Raising awareness and improving the knowledge on patients’ data privacy protection as well as providing concrete information on rising legal aspects
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