European Union of Private Hospitals

November 2019 – Cybersecurity once again

A severe cyberattack occurred in France hitting the University Hospital in Rouen. All information systems were blocked to maintain patient safety and privacy. What we all dreaded is now a terrible reality. At a time of major digital transformation, revolutionizing healthcare delivery, each weakness appears to be a step backwards. No firewalls are entirely effective against malware and/or ransomware.

Cybersecurity has become a top priority in information security risk management in hospitals. This issue will be discussed during UEHP next Workshop which will be held in Brussels on the 22 January 2020 in collaboration with our Partner SHAM and with the participation of European Experts coming from the biggest European Private Hospitals Groups.

The situation is critical, and safety must be guaranteed in our everyday work. An efficient hospital must be safe. UEHP supports all initiatives and training useful to healthcare professionals. We know that the new DGSANTE Commissioner Stella Kyriakides will be at work soon, initiating a new deal with all Health stakeholders for the future in Europe. We hope for a positive approach embracing innovative proposals by the private sector we represent.

Dr Paul Garassus
President of UEHP

Read the full November 2019 newsletter here