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Look back 2018: Year of data concerns in healthcare

Following the cyber attack on SingHealth in June, a Committee of Inquiry found that an employee of Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) had failed to alert management. Separately, IHiS did not detect the unauthorised access of 72 accounts on
Following the cyber attack on SingHealth in June, a Committee of Inquiry found that an employee of Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) had failed to alert management. Separately, IHiS did not detect the unauthorised access of 72 accounts on e-service platform HealthHub in September and October. ST FILE PHOTO

Healthcare suffered a blow this year with the cyber attack on SingHealth in June, in which the data of 1.5 million patients was stolen. While the attack did not disrupt any functions, it raised serious questions about the cyber-security readiness of healthcare IT systems.

While some projects were put on hold because of the attack, it has been a productive year on other fronts, with more public hospitals and polyclinics opening, improvements to the national disability insurance scheme and expanded help for Singaporeans with healthcare expenses.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2018, with the headline 'Health: Year of data concerns'. Print Edition | Subscribe