Tight precautions to protect data in telematics-supported health services in Europe are the central concern of ISHTAR. The project will set up an expert group to advise and support the Commission and other personnel involved in security-sensitive health telematics projects. Existing guidelines on protection will be reinforced and products and services tested. The usefulness of telematics in handling the technicalities of data security will also be demonstrated. The project will launch publicity to heighten awareness of protection issues and also consider their legal and social implications.
The project's main objective is to address the problems of health data protection and health information systems within telematics applications in a horizontal way. This will be achieved by actioning programmes to raise the level of security awareness within healthcare establishments across Europe.
The work will be structured as follows:
- Creating a group of experts on legal, medical and technical aspects of data protection in health care. This group will act as an advisory panel and "consultants" to both the Commission and to other health telematics projects facing security needs. This group will accumulate guidelines and training material from all relevant national, European and International security forums.
- Providing means for implementing, validating and maintaining existing guidelines on health data protection and providing mechanisms and facilities to test relevant products and services with the support of expert assistance.
- Enhancing existing security guidelines for health care by addressing the technical aspects of health data protection within the context of telematics applications and demonstrating their usefulness and practicality.
- Increasing the awareness of both the public and health care personnel on issues related to health data protection by way of awareness seminars and world wide dissemination.
- Identifying and analysing the legal and societal issues raised by telemedicine and networking in health care.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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