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Security and Identity Management Standards in eHealth including Biometrics - Specific Requirements having an Impact on the European Society and on Standardisation

Security and Identity Management Standards in eHealth including Biometrics - Specific Requirements having an Impact on the European Society and on Standardisation

Objective

The ministerial conference in May 2005 stated that "facilitating the free movement of patients" will be a key issue of the new 'action plan for the European eHealth area'. This requires the use of standards and the harmonisation of systems and technologies. Security, privacy and data protection are vital issues, which have to be dealt with on a European level. The EC has been promoting standardisation in healthcare. Yet, their use and implementation is only progressing slowly. eHealth is a growing market.

Many EC countries are presently changing their paper-based systems to eHealth solutions. Security is vital. Security technologies offer many opportunities for business solutions. BioHealth offers support by -demonstrating the competitive advantages gained when applying standards, encouraging their use and facilitating their practical implementation with a set of guidelines, providing information and expert advice on standardisation and best practices and by creating awareness, confidence and acceptance on standardisation. The variety of stakeholders is a main challenge to the healthcare market. These need to be considered, too. The policy makers, e.g. must realise the advantages gained from the use of standards and promote these.

The introduction of identification measures such as biometrics requires information and discussions on all levels; any concerns must be taken seriously. Special European requirements on security in eHealth and new developments -e.g. RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags usage- must be assessed. Work done in other areas must be considered in order not to repeat efforts and to allow for future developments. BioHealth aims to enforce maximum feedback from stakeholders into the relevant standardisation committees. Thus user needs can be met and the broadest possible consensus can be reached. European service providers, on the other hand, can thus ensure that the services they offer integrate well with the evolving standards.

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GSF - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER UMWELT UND GESUNDHEIT, GMBH

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Ingolstaedter Landstr. 1
Neuherberg

Germany

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BULL HUNGARY LTD.

Hungary

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

INSTITUT MIKROELEKTRONICKYCH APLIKACI, S.R.O.

Czechia

ITS-NORWAY - NORWEGIAN ASSOCIATION FOR MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORT SERVICES

Norway

UNIVERSITY OF REGENSBURG MEDICAL CENTER

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 31121

  • Start date

    1 March 2006

  • End date

    31 August 2008

Funded under:

FP6-INNOVATION

  • Overall budget:

    € 799 800

  • EU contribution

    € 799 800

Coordinated by:

GSF - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER UMWELT UND GESUNDHEIT, GMBH

Germany