Integrated and Secure Cloud-based e-Health for Holistic Care

25/11/2011 1pm G32, Merchiston

There are many issues related to health care infrastructure within the UK, including the lack of integration of data between the different parts of the health and social care system, and around an aging population. This presentation outlines a new Cloud-based e-Health platform which integrates new security models for primary and secondary health care, along with Assisted Living. The work has thus created a dynamic infrastructure, based around Cloud Computing, and implements a Service-Oriented Architecture to provide access to key clinical services, such as EWS (Early Warning Score). Over the infrastructure is patient-centric, where the patient has full rights to their own data, and then can assign rights based on a circle-to-trust or from consent forms. This then creates a completely integrated governance infrastructure which includes Assisted Living and Primary and Secondary Health Care. The aim is thus to create an open platform for data acquisition, data storage and service provision, which has security integrated into every element of the infrastructure.

The work has been built on two TSB/EPSRC grants, and a wide range of collaborations within health care and with industry. A key focus of the first grant was to create a robust, scalable and secure infrastructure for next generation systems. The team thus applied this into health care to look at creating a cloud-based infrastructure for primary and secondary care, in order to create dynamic patient care records. This resulted in the created of a new software architecture, which focused on the creation of clinical services, and which integrated the capture, storage and consumption of the data within a governance infrastructure, where the rights of the patient to their data provides the fundamental building block of the infrastructure.

The current grant, with Microsoft, aims to integrate the Cloud-based e-Health Platform with assisted living, in order to create a holistic approach to patient care, where security is built into every single element of the system. For this the team have developed new trusted based security models in order to integrate the rights within a formal care infrastructure with informal care, such as with Assisted Living.

Overall the team will demonstrate the key concepts of the system, including: showing the cloud-based infrastructure, with a private and a public cloud; the patient simulator; the integration with Microsoft HealthVault; and a number of clinical services on mobile devices. The work has been funded by the TSB and EPSRC, and integrates with a number of collaborators including Microsoft, HoIP, Imperial College London, and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The work is also a finalist in the BCS Technology Excellence Award 2011, and for the IET Innovation Award 2011.

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Associated people

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
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Lu Fan
Senior Research Fellow
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Alistair Lawson
Associate Professor (Reader)
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Christoph Thuemmler
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Elias Ekonomou
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Abou Sofyane Khedim
Affiliate Research Associate
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Owen Lo
Research Fellow
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Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.