Patient Centric Health Care: An Integrated and Secure, Cloud-based, e-Health Platform

Wednesday 1st February 2012, 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Professor Bill Buchanan, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University.

Room 4.31 (fourth floor), University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB - map (click on Informatics Forum in the list of buildings).

Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.

This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration required - just turn up.


There are many issues related to health care infrastructure within the UK, including the lack of integration of data between the different parts of the health and social care system, and around an aging population. This presentation outlines a new Cloud-based e-Health platform which integrates new security models for primary and secondary health care, along with Assisted Living. The work has created dynamic infrastructure, based around Cloud Computing, and implements a Service-Oriented Architecture to provide access to key clinical services, such as EWS (Early Warning Score). Over the infrastructure is patient-centric, where the patient has full rights to their own data, and then can assign rights based on a circle-to-trust or from consent forms. This then creates a completely integrated governance infrastructure which includes Assisted Living and Primary and Secondary Health Care. The aim is thus to create an open platform for data acquisition, data storage and service provision, which has security integrated into every element of the infrastructure. The work has been funded by the TSB and EPSRC, and integrates with a number of collaborators including Microsoft, HoIP, Imperial College London, and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The work is also a finalist in the BCS Technology Excellence Award 2011, and for the IET Innovation Award 2011.

About the speaker


Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, next generation user interfaces, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, e-Health, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and simulation. Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and over 120 academic research papers, along with awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the I ♥ my Tutor Awards (Student voted), Edinburgh Napier University, 2011, and has supervised many award winning student projects.

Presently he is working with a range of industrial/domain partners, including with the Scottish Police, health care professionals and the FSA. As part of the drive to create a World-leading infrastructure for security and cybercrime, he leads the Scottish Centre of Excellence for Security and Cybercrime which bring together a wide range of collaborators, including most of the universities in Scotland, the Scottish Police, the public sector, and a range of SMEs and large organisations.

He has a long track record in commercialisation activities, including being a co-founder of Inquisitive System, which has progressed from PhD work to a university spin-out. This spin-out has also involved patenting novel security software in three countries around the World. His current work includes a collaboration with Microsoft plc on a £2million project which aims to improve the care of the elderly using Trusted Cloud-based services, and with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on a next generation Health Care platform. This also matches up with other funded projects with the FSA and the Scottish Police, and two new Proof-of-Concept projects which are funded by Scottish Enterprise.

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