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Ai4HealthSec
Newsletter #3


WP6 has started!
The objective of this work package is to implement pilots and use them to assess in detail whether the technical objectives and KPIs developed on WP2 have been reached.
The 6 pilots will cover the security aspects of:
  • Safeguarding Real-Time Patient Monitoring Service
  • Medical Implants
  • Personal Health Systems with on-body-sensors/actors (‘Wearables’)
  • Human biobanks and related biobank information systems
  • Secure Access and Sharing of Clinical Data via VNA and Portal systems
  • Digital Health Living Lab
Pilot 1 - Safeguarding Real-Time Patient Monitoring Service
This service involves the remote monitoring and potentially emergency treatment of patients in real-time.
Cybersecurity challenges:
  • Close linkage and deep technical integration of all software solutions including intensive data and information exchange. That implies and establishes  dependencies between nearly all parts of the IT.
  • Potential security risks mainly on data exchange and spreading access permissions.
  • Improving situational awareness of end-users with respect to security and privacy risks, threats and attacks.
  • Enhance the knowledge of the relevant stakeholders
Pilot 2 - Medical Implants
A technology platform for programmable active implants with neuro-stimulation and neuro-monitoring functionality in novel clinical applications.
Cybersecurity challenges:
  • Define the ease of data access and implant control, to allow healthcare personnel to take actions on malfunctions or emergencies.
  • Access must be restricted to prevent possible malicious access from endangering the patient's life.
  • The product must be able to get patched or updated, and identification of what types of metadata must be generated by the system to be able to detect if it is being attacked or has been attacked.
  • A standardized way that the system should react in case of malfunction or unauthorized access.
Pilot 3 - Personal Health Systems with on-body-sensors/actors (‘Wearables’)
Personal Health Systems (PHS) for the management of chronic diseases.
Cybersecurity challenges:
  • Medical information managed via these applications has to be armored against cyber-attacks and data breaches in order to ensure data confidentiality and integrity.
Pilot 4 - Human biobanks and related biobank information systems 
Collects and maintains important biorepositories and provides human biomaterial for research purposes.
Collects and stores human samples from specific cohorts of donors to monitor people's exposure to contaminants in the environment on behalf of the German Environment Agency UBA.
Cybersecurity challenges:
  • Services must not be interrupted and corrupted
  • Privacy rights of donors are respected and re-identification of donors is prevented
  • Falsification of health-related information and sample data is discovered
  • Illegal copies of the information contained in the biobanks are prevented
Pilot 5 - Secure Access and Sharing of Clinical Data via VNA and Portal systems
Vendor Neutral Archiving (VNA) systems consist a new paradigm of Health Care (HC) IT solution used to manage data types used in the case of PACS and also other document types and imaging data.
Cybersecurity challenges:
  • Cloud connectivity raises high privacy and security challenges for a connected VNA
  • People’s expectation for understanding when and where their health information is shared increases the necessity to ensure trustworthiness
  • Additional services in cloud, like Artificial Intelligence/machine learning, poses new access, privacy and security challenges
Pilot 6 - Digital Health Living Lab
According to the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), Living Labs (LLs) are defined as user-centred, open innovation ecosystems based on systematic user co-creation approach, integrating research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings.
The concept and methodology of the Living Lab can be implemented in different environments and healthcare settings, ranging from in hospital wards to community services and general practices, providing a variety of pilot settings.


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The Ai4HealthSec project will participate in the Security Research Event 2022 (SRE2022) as an exhibitor.
You can find us at S1 - STAND 07

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The work described in this Newsletter has been conducted within the project AI4HEALTHSEC, started in October 2020.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 883273
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