Health care and cybersecurity: Bibliometric analysis of the literature

Cybersecurity remains a vital consideration for entities within the healthcare setting, with academic researchers publishing on the topic frequently. But since computer security in healthcare first started getting researched in the mid-1980s, how have topical focuses shifted? What areas, if any, are underserved by current research? Jalali et al. attempt to answer those and other questions in this 2019 paper published in Journal of Medical Internet Research. Using bibliometric analysis as their tool, the authors conducted chronological analysis, domain clustering analysis, and text analysis on 472 English-language articles ranging from 1985 to September 2017. The conclude that “[d]espite the increase in research and attention to cybersecurity, there are persistent shortcomings in the research on cybersecurity,” including implications that emerging cyber threats, physical security methodologies, and several human elements of cybersecurity have not been sufficiently captured in research. They worry that “a school of thought that knowledge, especially specific strategies and tactics, should not be shared openly,” further suppresses research growth and utility.

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