A team of researchers from the University of St Andrews has secured a grant of 4.37 million euros to study the security of medical data.
The group from the School of Computer Science will include Dr Vladimir Janjic, Dr Juliana Bowles and Dr Chris Brown.
The research is part of the Serums project which seeks to reduce the cost and risks associated with medical-related travel by producing tools and technologies that can integrate home-based healthcare into a holistic treatment plan. It seeks to modernise medical practices to better accommodate patients.
The funding comes from the European Union under the Horizon2020 programme.
The researchers will lead a team consisting of eight additional academic and industry partners located around the globe.
They include: the University of Cyprus, Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, IBM, Accenture, Sopra Steria, Software Competence Center Hagenberg, Zuyderland Medisch Centrum and Fundacio Clinic per la Recerca Biomedica.
The leaders of the project said, “Healthcare provision of the future will necessarily be multi-site and will need to cross traditional boundaries of hospitals, health centres, home, workplace, and even national borders.
“This, coupled with the increasingly strict regulations on privacy and ownership of the data, creates a huge pressure on healthcare providers to ensure that storage, access, communication and analytics of the medical data is performed in a safe and secure way.
“Tackling these problems, while still ensuring fast response and high-quality of service for the patients, is the main focus of the Serums project.”
An exciting new chapter for the research team and the University as a whole, St Andrews’ involvement in the Serum Project will not only maintain the University’s position in the forefront of software technology, but serve as inspiration to those interested in the intersectionality of medicine and technology.