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Could cyber security be the next big healthcare emergency?


The coronavirus pandemic has led many people in healthcare to think differently about emergency resilience. But what will the next major emergency be?

Having recently completed his tenure as chief executive of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Marcel Levi said earlier this year that it was an “illusion” to think organisations can “precisely prepare for what is coming our way”. He was speaking to veteran commentator Roy Lilley in March at an Institute of Health and Social Management meeting, in which the suggestion emerged that the next big disaster facing healthcare might even be global cyber-attack.

Growing cyber threats facing healthcare

Such concerns are apparently not unjustified. Many people will remember the impact of...

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