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THeCS (Trusted Healthcare Services)

ICT-Challenge

Now that e-Health (electronic health services over the internet) is becoming available there is considerable concern about privacy and security of all that data that we share or submit. The lack of trust was the reason for the Dutch Senate not to pass the bill for the proposed nationwide Electronic Patient Records system even though many millions were spent building the system. But it is not only with nationwide systems; in every communication regarding our health we want our data to be secure.

The Trusted Healthcare Services project addresses security, privacy and trust as the key issues in adoption of novel e-Health services, which have great potential to improve healthcare and decrease cost. However, trust privacy and security are seen as roadblocks for wider adoption of these services. In this project we develop mechanisms to solve these privacy and security issues.

We focus on the following ICT challenges:

  1. How to measure and indicate to the end user the trustworthiness of e-Health service as well as reliability of data (e.g. in many e-Health systems medical data is not collected by healthcare providers in a controlled medical environment using certified medical devices, but by patients at their homes without any supervision. Therefore, the healthcare professionals will need to place greater trust in information that patients report)? 
  2. How to automatically detect and prevent leakage of sensitive information and misuse by insiders? 
  3. How to enable and make efficient privacy preserving data mining algorithms and search over encrypted health data? 
  4. Which privacy controls are needed to enable secure use of social networks?

The project started in the first quarter of 2012. In 2012 the focus was on the state-of-the-art analysis, user cases and gathering of user requirements. Despite that the first results towards trusted healthcare including an e-Health service platform, method to indicate reliability of patient measurements and a secure shape recognition demonstrator have been developed. We believe that these technologies together with other novel security technologies to be developed in the project will increase trust in e-Health services and support their wider adoption.