KONFIDO: An Innovative View of eHealth Security

The Horizon 2020 funded KONFIDO Action concluded its activities related to User Requirement Analysis. This initial phase of the Action entailed a gap analysis study about secure and interoperable solutions at the systemic level, the definition and analysis of user scenarios, the user requirements elicitation, and an intense interaction with the KONFIDO end-users (both patients/citizens and healthcare professionals) for the identification of barriers and facilitators concerning eHealth acceptance coupled with cybersecurity technologies. This phase set the basis for designing a secure and interoperable toolkit capable of fostering cross-border exchange of health data within the European Union that KONFIDO aims to develop.

"Without a clear, comprehensive and thorough analysis of user requirements, the failure of any eHealth project is predetermined," said Dr. Vassilis Koutkias (the Researcher with the Institute of Applied Biosciences, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas - CERTH, Thessaloniki, Greece, who led the User Requirement Analysis activities), "so our approach was to move fast to identify the challenges for such a development, and provide useful input for the design of the KONFIDO solution. Apparently, this solution will not rely only on technological foundations/advancements, but also on organisational, legal and human aspects."

The lack of understanding users, their needs and the environment in which a new technology is to be applied is a frequent failure factor for eHealth projects. Instead, stakeholder engagement from the very beginning can have positive effects. To this end, the KONFIDO gap analysis study reviewed and mapped relevant technical and legal frameworks as well as ethical and social norms at the EU level. Secondly, it defined and analysed user scenarios with an emphasis on cross-border health data exchange and, based on these, it conducted a user requirements elicitation phase starting from the definition of the underlying business processes and proceeding to the identification of threats, assets and, ultimately, high-level user goals. Finally, pursuing intense interaction with the broader eHealth ecosystem, KONFIDO identified a set of barriers and facilitators for eHealth acceptance linked with cybersecurity, by conducting a pan-European survey involving all relevant stakeholders, i.e. healthcare professionals, health Information Technologies developers, industrial stakeholders and patients/citizens, and two Workshops, which validated the methods and the outcomes of the approach.

For further information, please visit:
http://konfido-project.eu

About KONFIDO Action

The 36-month KONFIDO H2020 project exploits proven tools and processes, as well as new cutting-edge technologies and approaches to create a scalable and holistic example for secure internal and cross-border exchange, storage and overall healthcare data management in a legal and ethical way, both at national and European level. The KONFIDO consortium consists of 15 partners with complementary expertise and roles from seven European countries, including technology providers, universities, research institutes and end-users.

Most Popular Now

MSD is Looking for a Digital Health Solu…

MSD Lebanon is looking for an external partner to co-create a digital solution that helps oncologists to stay updated with relevant clinical content about cancer. The solution should consider several...

Brain-Computer Interface Enables People …

Tablets and other mobile computing devices are part of everyday life, but using them can be difficult for people with paralysis. New research from the BrainGate consortium shows that a...

Diagnosing a Heart Attack at 10,000 Mete…

A passenger suddenly has chest pain on board. The crew asks for a doctor; when present, this is not always a cardiologist. The pilot has to decide if a flight...

Medical Experts Once Again Were "Sp…

12 - 15 November 2018, Düsseldorf, Germany. Once again, decision makers of the international healthcare industry were "spoiled for choice" when it came to the themes at the world’s largest medical...

GenePlanet Presents its Innovative Healt…

GenePlanet, the Swiss-backed biotech company present in more than 30 countries worldwide, is attending MEDICA, the leading international trade fair for the medical sector that takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany...

AI-Pathway Companion from Siemens Health…

At the Congress of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA 2018) in Chicago, USA, Siemens Healthineers is presenting AI-Pathway Companion* for the first time. It is a clinical decision...

Philips Latest 'Future Health Index' Rep…

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, announced publication of the latest Future Health Index (FHI) report. 'Telehealth: delivering value across institutional and geographical borders...

AI System may Accelerate Search for Canc…

Searching through the mountains of published cancer research could be made easier for scientists, thanks to a new AI system. The system, called LION LBD and developed by computer scientists...

AOK Counts on the Orchestra eHealth Suit…

The AOK community builds a digital health network for its insurants and thus takes on a pioneering task among German health insurances. Through the digital health network its 25 million...

New China and US Studies Back Use of Pul…

Fast and easy blood pressure monitoring could soon be at your fingertips - literally - thanks to new University of British Columbia research that showed blood pressure (BP) can be...

Australian Health Region Boosts Patient …

Patients and clinicians will benefit from easy access to critical real-time patient information at the bedside after Australian population health services provider ACT Health signed a further contract with Patientrack's...