A study on establishing a technical safety assessment system for the Korean telemedicine system

Hee Joo Lee, Choi Nam, Jang Ho Yun, Jun Seob Yoon, Ho Jin Lee, Jin Suk Kim, Seok Yeong Kim, Jae Wook Choi, Kyung Ho Lee

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Telemedicine is a critical infrastructure that directly affects people's lives. In this vein, the government announcement of the introduction of a telemedicine service has caused controversy among the government and medical institutions over the safety of the service. Before the introduction of the telemedicine service, its technical safety and effectiveness should be validated. The telemedicine system should be supported by proper policies to ensure a secure, continuous service. To this end, we have conducted research to derive the security requirements from domestic and foreign standards and laws relating to telemedicine and information security. Based on the derived requirements, we have developed a security standard for telemedicine that facilitates the objective assessment of the security of the telemedicine service. Furthermore, we have analyzed the vulnerabilities of telemedicine devices through penetration tests. Finally, using a risk analysis method, we have created risk scenarios that might occur in the provision of telemedicine services, and have calculated risk levels and expected loss for each scenario. We expect that the results of this research will be a basis for ensuring a sufficient budget and staff for the safety of telemedicine, and for establishing relevant policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1159-1170
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec

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  • FAIR methodology
  • Risk analysis
  • Technical safety assessment
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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