Privacy compliance in European healthgrid domains: an ontology-based approach

Boussi Rahmouni, H., Solomonides, T., Casassa Mont, M. and Shiu, S. (2009) Privacy compliance in European healthgrid domains: an ontology-based approach. 22nd IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, 2009. CBMS 2009. Albuquerque, NM., 2-5 Au. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1063-7125 Available from:

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The integration of different European medical systems by means of grid technologies will continue to be challenging if technology does not intervene to enhance interoperability between national regulatory frameworks on data protection. Achieving compliance in European healthgrid domains is crucial but challenging because of the diversity and complexity of Member State legislation across Europe. Lack of automation and inconsistency of processes across health¬care organizations increase the complexity of the compliance task. In the absence of automation, the compliance task entails human intervention. In this paper we present an approach to automate privacy requirements for the sharing of patient data between Member States across Europe in a healthgrid domain and ensure its enforcement internally and within external domains where the data might travel. This approach is based on the semantic modelling of privacy obligations that are of legal, ethical or cultural nature. Our model reflects both similarities and conflicts, if any, between the different Member States. This will allow us to reason on the safeguards a data controller should demand from an organization belonging to another Member State before disclosing medical data to them. The system will also generate the relevant set of policies to be enforced at the process level of the grid to ensure privacy compliance before allowing access to the data.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:privacy, healthcare, EU, grid, OWL, rules, biomedical research
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
ID Code:13298
Deposited By: H. Boussi Rahmouni
Deposited On:04 Nov 2010 12:23
Last Modified:20 Sep 2016 05:57

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