Chadwick, D.W. and Harvey, S. and New, J. and Young, A.J.
Initial Experiences of Accessing Patient Confidential Data over the Internet using a Public Key Infrastructure.
In: Jerman-Blazic, B. and Schneider, W.S. and Klobucar, T., eds.
Advanced Security Technologies for Insecure Networks.
IOS Press, Amsterdam, pp. 201-209.
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A project to enable health care professionals (GPs, practice nurses and diabetes nurse specialists) to access, via the Internet, confidential patient data held on a secondary care (hospital) diabetes information system, has been implemented. We describe the application that we chose to distribute (a diabetes register); the security mechanisms we used to protect the data (a public key infrastructure with strong encryption and digitally signed messages, plus a firewall); the reasons for the implementation decisions we made; the validation testing that we performed and the preliminary results of the pilot implementation.
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