Advocacy of cyber public health

Glob Health Med. 2021 Aug 31;3(4):246-248. doi: 10.35772/ghm.2020.01105.

Abstract

Thanks to technological advances in computers and communication, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been increasingly used in healthcare to foster digital health in several countries. In conjunction with this trend, cybersecurity has become a matter of paramount importance in terms of protecting healthcare services and health-related information from cyberattacks. With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals are encountering false information on the Internet and social media. As a result, an infodemic, which involves people taking inappropriate actions that threaten their health, has occurred worldwide. Cyber public health is a concept that comprehensively encompasses the above issues from the viewpoint of health. This concept helps to prevent various attempts that adversely affect peoples health and it utilizes the advantages of cyber technology to promote public health. Cyber public health is also an important concept from the viewpoint of national security.

Keywords: Internet of Things; cyberattacks; cybersecurity; digital health; infodemic; national security.