Trusted Healthcare Services

THeCS (Trusted Healthcare Services)

The Trusted Healthcare Services project investigates and develops novel breakthrough security and privacy mechanisms, which enhances trust in ICT technologies. Although the application of the developed technology is very wide, the project focuses on e-Health (electronic health services over the internet) where considerable concerns about privacy and security of all that data that we share or submit are present. 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 secured.

In particular, the project focuses on three important scientific ICT challenges. Firstly, we investigate how to measure, indicate and enhance trust in services driven by ICT technologies as well as reliability of data. This research question is driven by demand in the eHealth domain, where the lack of trust in ICT technologies creates a barrier for patients but also for healthcare providers to use ICT technologies and novel services. Next to that 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.

Secondly, the project investigates and develops technologies to automatically detect and prevent leakage of sensitive information. Security and privacy breaches, which occur more and more often, result in significant monetary loss for companies and organizations. Next to that the new data protection regulations in EU requires breach notification. Therefore detection of potential data leakages is of utmost importance.

The third ICT challenge, which the project addresses, is related to operations in encrypted domain. There, the project develops new breakthrough technology that enables privacy-preserving data mining and social networking focusing on their efficiency and applicability to real-life scenarios. This research direction is motivated by the need for privacy in healthcare domain that deals with a lot of sensitive data. Patients are concerned that their sensitive data (e.g. DNA or data related to mental illnesses, AIDS, etc.) is not disclosed, while on the other hand the public wants to allow medical researchers to use as much data as possible from Electronic Health Records to achieve the next level of evidence-based medicine.

Project Details

  • Project leader: Milan Petkovic
  • Partners: Eindhoven University of Technology, Tilburg University, Delft University of Technology, Roessingh Research and Development (RRD), University of Twente, Roessingh Research and Development (RRD), Waag Society, Roessingh Hospitaal (Het Roessingh Centrum voor Revalidatie), TNO, Capgemini, Irdeto, Philips Research, JC Groep/JC Health ICT B.V.
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  • Category: Healthcare

Project deliverables

  • 8 conference papers
  • 9 software
  • 7 user studies
  • 5 PhD theses