Chapter Three

Toward realizing self-protecting healthcare information systems: Design and security challenges

Qian Chen    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, United States


This book chapter reviews the history of Healthcare Information Systems (HISs), discusses recent cyber security threats affecting HISs, and then introduces the autonomic computing concept and applies the concept to design self-protecting HISs (SPHISs) that can defend themselves against cyber intrusions with little or no human intervention. To realize such SPHISs, we first study security vulnerabilities of the HIS network, communication links and protocols. Based on these vulnerabilities, the component ...

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