Secure Provision of Patient-Centered Health Information Technology Services in Public Networks — Leveraging Security and Privacy Features Provided by the German Nationwide Health Information Technology Infrastructure

Electronic Markets, Forthcoming

Posted: 9 Feb 2014

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Tobias Dehling

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Ali Sunyaev

University of Cologne

Date Written: February 8, 2014

Abstract

Patient-centered health information technology services (PHS) provide personalized electronic health services to patients. Since provision of PHS entails handling sensitive medical information, a special focus on information security and privacy aspects is required. We present information security and privacy requirements for PHS and examine how security features of large-scale, inter-organizational health information technology networks, like the German health information technology infrastructure (HTI), can be used for ensuring information security and privacy of PHS. Moreover, we illustrate additional security measures that complement the HTI security measures and introduce a guideline for provision of PHS while ensuring information security and privacy. Our elaborations lead to the conclusion that security features of health information technology networks can be used to create a solid foundation for protecting information security and privacy in patient-centered health information technology services offered in public networks like the Internet.

Keywords: Health information technology, Security, Privacy, Patient-centered, eHealth, Infrastructure

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Dehling, Tobias and Sunyaev, Ali, Secure Provision of Patient-Centered Health Information Technology Services in Public Networks — Leveraging Security and Privacy Features Provided by the German Nationwide Health Information Technology Infrastructure (February 8, 2014). Electronic Markets, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2392355

Tobias Dehling (Contact Author)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Ali Sunyaev

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

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

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