The Centre for Parallel Computing at the University of Westminster has been awarded a significant grant to study the implications of cloud computing solutions in healthcare, especially in hospitals.

The Centre will lead an international collaboration to discover how the security of cloud-based healthcare services can be improved by developing mechanisms for protecting corporate and personal sensitive data. The project, which is entitled ASCLEPIOS (Advanced Secure Cloud Encrypted Platform for Internationally Orchestrated Solutions is Healthcare) will receive a total sum of €4.8 million from the European Commission during the next three years.

The project brings together eleven corporate and academic partners from nine European countries, including Tampere University of Technology, Finland, University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany, and Institute of Communications and Computer Systems, Greece. The hospitals involved are University Hospital North Norway, Charité University Hospital Berlin and Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam, while the collaborating software and security partners include Greek company Ubitech and Cypriot company Suite5 Data Intelligence Solutions Limited.

The project consortium merges expertise from cybersecurity and cloud computing with professional experience from clinical practitioners in order to build a cloud-based eHealth framework that protects users’ privacy and prevents both internal and external attacks. The fundamental aim of this research will be to gradually introduce these solutions at the partnered hospitals, followed by a wider range of healthcare institutions later on.

The study is led by Principal Investigator Professor Tamas Kiss, Professor in Distributed Computing at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, together with his two collaborators Dr Gabriele Pierantoni and Dr Gabor Terstyanszky. Sharing his thoughts on the project, Professor Kiss said: “ASCLEPIOS is a great opportunity to further extend the impact of our research. We already have successful collaboration with manufacturing companies and the public sector is various EU projects. ASCLEPIOS will extend these to healthcare and hospitals and will provide a secure and scalable platform for such institutions to improve the quality of care.”

The collaborating hospitals are expected to use the project findings to directly enhance the quality of care they provide, particularly in the areas of acute stroke care, inpatient and outpatient sleep medication, and the monitoring of antibiotic prescription patterns for general practitioners.

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