Why secure email?
Email is unsecure, but still the most popular way of exchanging unstructured digital information.
Every day in New Zealand thousands of unsecure emails containing sensitive patient information are shared between doctors, labs and other health providers. Most people assume and expect that their private information held by health providers is always protected and secure. While the New Zealand health system has secure ways of storing and exchanging some patient information, email is one of the health sector’s biggest cybersecurity and data security risks, due to the sheer number of health professionals using unsecure public, email systems.
Hackers and those looking to bring down IT systems of businesses and organisations target the weakest spot, which for most organisations is email. While there hasn’t been an example of a catastrophic IT breach in the New Zealand health sector, there are many international examples that demonstrate the destructive impact when it does happen.
Until now, there has been no practical alternative to unsecure email and faxes for health professionals to communicate about and exchange information outside of current patient information systems. hMael has been developed to close the current ‘gap’ in the secure exchange of emails between doctors, clinicians and labs in New Zealand.