Accountable-eHealth systems : the next step forward for privacy

Gajanayake, Randike, Lane, William B., Iannella, Renato, & Sahama, Tony R. (2014) Accountable-eHealth systems : the next step forward for privacy. Electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 8(2), e11.

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Abstract

eHealth systems promise enviable benefits and capabilities for healthcare delivery. However, the technologies that make these capabilities possible introduce undesirable drawbacks such as information security related threats, which need to be appropriately addressed. Lurking in these threats are information privacy concerns. Addressing them has proven to be difficult because they often conflict with information access requirements of healthcare providers. Therefore, it is important to achieve an appropriate balance between these requirements. We contend that information accountability (IA) can achieve this balance. In this paper, we introduce accountable-eHealth (AeH) systems, which are eHealth systems that utilise IA as a measure of information privacy. We discuss how AeH system protocols can successfully achieve the aforementioned balance of requirements. As a means of implementation feasibility, we compare characteristics of AeH systems with Australia’s Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) sys-tem and identify similarities and highlight the differences and the impact those differences would have to the eHealth domain.

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ID Code: 62314
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: eHealth, Information Privacy, Information Accountability, Accountable-eHealth Systems, Appropriate Use, PCEHR
ISSN: 1446-4381
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Authors
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2013 22:30
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2015 01:01

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