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Cybersecurity Guidance

Protect confidential patient information from cyber attacks

We have created a series of easy-to-read articles and practical tools to help you and your organisation anticipate and mitigate cybersecurity risks.

As the use of telehealth increases, so too do the risks of cyberattacks and privacy breaches. Patients First is committed to supporting New Zealand’s health sector to put robust cybersecurity measures in place; our guidance draws on advice from our own team members as well as organisations such as CERT NZ and the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre).

Baseline General Practice Security Checklist & Guide Check your IT system's security

This checklist will help you to assess how safe your practice’s ICT system is. It’s based on the baseline requirements in the Health Information Security Framework and if you need more detail, a guide document is also available. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete – simply click the button below to download and get started.

Once you’re done, give the checklist to your IT provider the next time they do some work for you and compare your answers with each other. If there are any differences or you answered “No” to any of the questions, make a plan together to be able to answer “Yes” in the future.

HISF Self-check Survey Assess your health information security risks

The Health Information Security Framework (HISF) survey is relevant to all healthcare organisations. It provides a simple self-check on your organisation’s compliance with the New Zealand HISO 10029:2015 standard. The survey has been developed and provided by Medical IT Advisors.

Cybersecurity Awareness