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University of St Andrews to lead research into medical data security


The University of St Andrews has secured €4.37 million from the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme to study security of medical data.

The money has been made available for the Serums project, which is focused on technology to support home based healthcare.

It is emphasising the security and privacy of confidential medical data while maximising the quality of treatment for patients.

The project is led by Dr Vladimir Janjic, Dr Juliana Bowles and Dr Chris Brown, a team from the School of Computer Science at St Andrews, and brings together nine leading academic and industry partners from the UK and abroad.

Also involved are overseas universities and hospitals, companies including IBM, Accenture and Sopra Steria, and the Software Competence Centre Hagenberg in Austria.

Crossing boundaries

The project leaders said: “Healthcare provision of the future will necessarily be multi-site and will need to cross traditional boundaries of hospitals, health centres, home, workplace and even national borders.

“This, coupled with the increasingly strict regulations on privacy and ownership of the data, creates a huge pressure on healthcare providers to ensure that storage, access, communication and analytics of the medical data is performed in a safe and secure way. Tackling these problems, while still ensuring fast response and high quality of service for the patients, is the main focus of the Serums project.”

Image from Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust

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