Healthcare information is appealing to cyber criminals because it includes financial and personal information, can be used for extortion, and is suitable for fraudulent billing. Because of the complex and always-evolving nature of the medical treatment of a patient and because of the number of physicians, facilities and transactions needed to connect patient care through multiple settings, they are also remarkably vulnerable to penetration.
Mobile healthcare devices and linked healthcare delivery networks (e.g. wearables, tracking devices, photos of cell phones) are added to make healthcare information more appealing, but also more vulnerable. For each background or clinician, large variations in digital health usage patterns complicate the design of security solutions. We propose a set of linked healthcare patterns in this paper and then address security issues and possible solutions for each of the linked health patterns.