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Legacy applications pose serious cybersecurity risks to hospitals warns BridgeHead


Cybersecurity, clinical and IT thought leaders from BridgeHead and AbedGraham join forces to deliver new white paper outlining the risks and consequences of running legacy systems

HIMSS19, Orlando – 12 February 2019: Today sees the launch of a new white paper entitled, “Legacy Applications: A Healthcare Cybersecurity Nightmare” co-authored by clinical and cybersecurity consultancy, AbedGraham, and healthcare data management specialists, BridgeHead Software.

The white paper explores the far-reaching implications that vulnerable legacy applications have for healthcare organizations regarding cyber-attacks. With the devastating effect of the Wannacry attacks of 2017, and the increase of cyber-crime specifically targeting the healthcare industry, the paper delves into the clinical, operational, financial and governance risks posed by providers that continue to run and maintain legacy systems, while offering a solution as to how those risks can be mitigated.

Dr Saif Abed, medical doctor, healthcare cyber warfare expert, and co-author of the white paper, comments, “Healthcare is the new frontier of cyber-crime and cyber-warfare. Attackers are looking for any way they can to compromise systems and networks at scale even if that means threatening patient care. Legacy applications, in particular, are often riddled with vulnerabilities ready to be exploited by everyone from petty opportunists to major organized crime.”

In its 2019 Top of Mind survey, The Center for Connected Medicine polled IT executives across 38 health systems, concluding that cybersecurity continues to be the biggest concern across the industry.

Gareth Griffiths, Chief Technology Officer at BridgeHead Software and co-author of the white paper, agrees with these findings, commenting, “Cybersecurity continues to be top priority for hospitals around the world. As we saw from the Wannacry outbreak, cyber-attacks can have devastating effects for providers. It’s not just limited to the challenges associated with quickly and efficiently recovering systems and data, which is a given; it’s the disruption to hospital operations and critical patient services that create a domino effect. From discharge and referral delays, cancellation of elective surgical procedures, the redistribution and transfer of patients to alternative providers, the list goes on. These effects can have a direct bearing on a hospital’s finances, regulatory compliance, legal position, and reputation. So, why not eliminate or, at the very least, mitigate these risks by reducing the threat – decommission legacy applications and remove the security loopholes that cyber-criminals are increasingly drawn to.”

The new white paper, officially released today, introduces BridgeHead’s Independent Clinical Archive (ICA), HealthStore™, as a solution to decommission legacy applications by extracting clinical, financial and business data, and placing it in a standards-based, modern and secure repository. HealthStore allows hospitals to consolidate, store, protect, and share any record, document, file or image from any healthcare system, enabling an enterprise view of that data, integrated directly with electronic health record solutions, to facilitate smooth clinical workflow, agile decision-making and optimized care delivery.

You can get a copy of the new white paper here: “Legacy Applications: A Healthcare Cybersecurity Nightmare”. Printed copies of the white paper will also be available at BridgeHead Software’s exhibition booth #4979 at HIMSS19.

If you are attending HIMSS19, and would like to see HealthStore in action, you can book a demo here Alternatively, you can email BridgeHead to book a meeting.


About BridgeHead Software
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, BridgeHead Software is a leader in data and storage management dedicated entirely to the healthcare industry and is trusted by over 1,200 hospitals worldwide. Today, BridgeHead Software helps healthcare facilities overcome challenges stemming from rising data volumes and increasing storage costs while delivering peace of mind around how to consolidate, store, protect and share clinical, business and financial information.

BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management solutions are designed to work with any hospital’s chosen applications and storage hardware, regardless of vendor, providing greater choice, flexibility and control over the way data is managed, now and in the future. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter at @BridgeHeadHDM.

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About AbedGraham
AbedGraham is a leading, clinically based, European health IT and cybersecurity consultancy that provides advisory services for large technology infrastructure suppliers and government agencies that are involved in, or are responsible for, the digital transformation of healthcare systems. Our consultants are clinically trained as well as being qualified experts in specialist areas such as cyber-crime and threat modelling. Selected services including strategic research, policy analysis, bid support, regulatory compliance guidance and project management. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter at @AbedGraham.

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