Implementing Secure Healthcare Telematics Applications in Europe

Project-Coordinator: Dr Barry Barber, NHS, Great Britain
Participating Countries (main contractors): Great Britain (The Royal Hospitals NHS Trust London),
Netherlands (Academisch Ziekenhuis Leiden),
France (Centre d’Evaluation et de Normalisation des Biotechnologies Dijon),
Portugal (Hospital des Egas Moniz Lisbon),
Italy (Universitá di Brescia),
Finland (RATE OY/Helsinki City Health and Data Protection Departments),
Greece (AHEPA University Hospital of Thessaloniki),
Germany (UHM),
Czech Republic (Centre for Health Systems, Information and Communication Prague),
Belgium (Université Catholique de Louvain Brussels)
Begin of Project: February 1, 1996
End of Project: October 31, 1998
World Wide Web: Home page, EHTO page
Short Description: The objective of the ISHTAR was to verify, test, review and integrate the SEISMED (Secure Information Systems in Medicine – project within the “Advanced Informatics in Medicine Programme” of the European Commission; predecessor of the ISHTAR project) Security and Data Protection Guidelines in a wider setting for European Healthcare Establishments (HCEs).
In that context, the current security issues in HCEs, the legal implications of the EC Data Protection Directive and the EC Recommendation on the Protection of Medical Data as well as liability issues in Health Telematics were reviewed. Furthermore, the SEISMED Guidelines were reviewed, verified and integrated as well as made conveniently applicable to the user community.
Training and awareness courses were developed for the different user groups. The ISHTAR results are available on a specific ISHTAR Web site and were published in IOS Press volume 66 within the Series of Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. Additionally, a 10 pages ISHTAR White Paper gave a short comprehensive report of the project’s outcome.