Total Cost and EC Contribution: 4,57M Euros
3 Years Duration
1st January 2019 – 31st December 2021
Coordinated by the University of St Andrews
University of St Andrews (USTAN)
Healthcare management is an increasingly complex, multi practitioner driven entity, precipitating a pressing need to collect and share highly confidential and personal medical data, obtained from a variety of sources; including personal medical devices. Data sharing may be necessary through a variety of means, including public networks and other systems, whose security cannot be implicitly trusted. It is the role of the University of St Andrews, under the leadership of Dr Juliana Bowles to coordinate the Serums Project. Serums forms part of the Horizon 2020 initiative and combines the expertise of nine institutions across seven countries. The Serums project aims to center future healthcare provision around patient need, enhancing personal care, and maximizing treatment quality, while ensuring patient trust in the security and privacy of their confidential medical data.
Zuderland Medical Centre (ZMC)
ZMC is one of the parties within the Serums project where a use case has been drawn up to research the process of sharing medical data in relation to privacy and security of that data. In this use case, a 70-year-old patient receives a new hip and is issued a validated motion tracker with an e-coach to monitor his recovery.
The personal health environment (PHE) makes it possible for the patient to obtain all his medical data from ZMC. The patient can choose to share the data from his hip operation and the motion tracker to his physical therapist. The physical therapist can follow the progress of the patient and intervene if necessary. This means that daily monitoring of the patients recovery is done from a distance and hence reduces the need for physical visits, both to the hospital and the physical therapist.
The Catalan health care system has not yet implemented a central platform for the collection of vital sign measurements outside the health centres. All alternatives implemented spontaneously are based on an inefficient and unreliable effort of the health care workers and patients. Aware of this situation, we at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (HCB) have designed the HCB – Smart Platform with the aim of enabling our patients to easily collect vital signs and allow them to share their information with all professionals in an automatic way and in line with the recent GPRD.