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Funding boost to patient privacy and care

Computer security experts from Edinburgh Napier University, Microsoft, and HoIP CIC have been awarded a £2m grant from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), along with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to help enhance patient privacy and care.

Researchers at the University's Institute of Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier will use the funding in partnership with Microsoft Ltd and HoIP CIC - Health over IP Community Interest Company - to create more secure healthcare data systems.

HoIP CIC is a not-for-profit organisation promoting Web 3.0 and user-generated services. It facilitates innovation by providing open-source networked services platform that unites Science, Enterprise and Consumer communities to develop personalised network services for healthcare.

"The new system builds on the Access to Public Services (AtPS) initiative to promote human and digital trust in health care IT systems," says  Edinburgh Napier University Institute of Informatics and Digital Innovation Professor Bill Buchanan. "It will use advanced methods to check a person's identity and their rights to access the system."

The University's Centre for Distributed Computing and Security, part of the new Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation (IIDI), is working with a wide range of expert private and public sector collaborators in the development of the technology.

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