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Following May 2017's WannaCry cyberattack, increased spending on security by individual NHS organizations and at a national level looks highly likely.


  • A National Audit Office report published on October 27 found that WannaCry ransomware affected at least 81 of England’s NHS trusts, just over a third of the total.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies key issues for UK healthcare in 2018.
  • Assesses the underlying impact of WannaCry within England’s NHS trusts.

Key questions answered

  • How important are cybersecurity considerations for the management of contemporary hospitals?
  • What key steps need to be taken in 2018 to manage cybersecurity risks?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • WannaCry: wanna do better next time
  • Global Digital Exemplars: England's trickle-down theory
  • Open standards: open for business?
  • England's locally reliant digital center
  • Local patient records for local people


  • Further reading
  • Author