Information Security of Patient-Centered Services Utilising the German Nationwide Health Information Technology Infrastructure

Proceedings of the 3rd USENIX Workshop on Health Security and Privacy (HealthSec 2012), August 2012

21st USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security '12), August 2012

10 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2012 Last revised: 6 Sep 2013

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Tobias Dehling

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Ali Sunyaev

University of Cologne; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Health information technology can have positive impacts on healthcare delivery and is utilised for various applications. Patient-centred services are a special kind of health information technology and are designed to cater to patients' needs. They manage personal medical information and utilise such information to offer personalised, advantageous services as well as information for patients. Due to the sensitivity of medical information and the gravity of possible consequences, if medical information falls into the wrong hands, patient-centred services need to employ security measures to ensure the privacy of patients. The German Nationwide Health Information Technology Infrastructure (HTI), which is currently being established, could serve as a fit and proper foundation for securely offering patient-centred services. In this paper, we illustrate the past developments and current status of the HTI introduction with a focus on security aspects related to patient-centred services. We depict how security features of the HTI can be applied to improve secure provision of patient-centred services. Furthermore, we present additional security measures that should be implemented by providers of patient-centred services.

Suggested Citation

Dehling, Tobias and Sunyaev, Ali, Information Security of Patient-Centered Services Utilising the German Nationwide Health Information Technology Infrastructure (2012). Proceedings of the 3rd USENIX Workshop on Health Security and Privacy (HealthSec 2012), August 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2152914

Tobias Dehling

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Ali Sunyaev (Contact Author)

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.isq.uni-koeln.de

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

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