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Source: Federal Office for Information Security, Place Bonn, Date November 9th, 2020 The health care system is using the possibilities of increasing digitalization and networking to optimize processes and improve patient care. At the same time, this also creates challenges that have to be resolved quickly and safely, especially in the current corona pandemic. How critical infrastructures deal with the challenges of digitization and which solutions can be expedient was presented at the two-day symposium “Digitization, Cyber ​​Security & I Perspectives in Healthcare” on November 6th and 7th. Together with the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) has invited top-class speakers, including the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, to the discourse and workshops. Around 200 managers from the directorates, as well as specialists from the areas of administration, IT and medicine in hospitals, practices and other interested parties from the healthcare sector took part in the professional exchange. Which (information) technological hurdles have the players in the healthcare sector not yet overcome ? Are their (IT) systems up to the current threats? How are IT crises managed? Which experiences and (newly learned) skills in connection with networked work – especially in the corona pandemic – can be used to shape the digital transformation? The aim of the symposium was to give everyone involved in medical care the opportunity to manage secure digitization as a joint task even better. “The virtual and real world have one thing in common – after all, only prevention helps against viruses,” warned Prof. Wolfgang Holzgreve, Medical Director and CEO of the UKB. “At the UKB, digitization is in full swing. Our goal is the concept of the ‘Secure UKB Medical Campus’ ”, continued Prof. Holzgreve. However, it presupposes that the information technology systems are cleverly developed, reliable, trustworthy and adaptable. Otherwise the safety of patients and the continuity of the “medical care” service could be seriously jeopardized. Arne Schönbohm, President of the BSI, emphasized: “Digitization does not work without information security. Corona and the associated digitalization surge have shown us how important functioning and secure IT is. The successful cyber attacks of the past few months have impressively shown how tense the risk situation for hospitals is. In the current situation, we cannot afford hospitals in emergency operation. The clinics therefore have a special responsibility for their IT networks. That is why I expressly endorse the Hospital Future Act initiated by Federal Health Minister Spahn, which provides for at least 15 percent of the funding requested to be used for measures to improve information security. The BSI recognized an industry-specific safety standard for hospitals around a year ago and thus made an important contribution to secure digitalization in the healthcare system. ”The best practice examples that were explained at the symposium show how the healthcare system benefits from digital progress . The Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn also underlined the importance of digitization in the healthcare system: “The corona pandemic shows how digital solutions help us in everyday health. The Corona app warns of infections. Online consultation hours make contact with the doctor easier. The digital connection of health authorities accelerates the exchange of data. Only medicine with digital help is contemporary medicine. ”Press contact: Federal Office for Information SecurityPostfach 20036353133 BonnTelephone: +49 228 99 9582-5777Telefax: +49 228 99 9582-5455E-Mail:


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