The number of cyber-attacks around the world exploded in 2020: exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity for cybercriminals to take advantage of the shift in focus towards smart working and hospital staff transferred to the frontline.
This paper (February 2018) predates the funding lifecycle of PANACEA under Europe's H2020 programme. It investigates the potential use of blockchain technology to protect healthcare data in the cloud.
Abstract: One particular trend observed in healthcare is the progressive shift of data and services to the cloud, partly due to convenience (e.g. availability of complete patient medical history in real-time) and savings (e.g. economics of healthcare data management). There are, however, limitations to using conventional cryptographic primitives and access control models to address security and privacy concerns in an increasingly cloud-based environment. This paper studies the potential to use the Blockchain technology to protect healthcare data hosted within the cloud. It also describes the practical challenges of such a proposition and further research that is required.
IEEE Cloud Computing ( Volume: 5 , Issue: 1 , Jan./Feb. 2018 )
PANACEA Research perspectives: PANACEA has also investigated the use of blockchain for healthcare security, concluding that other solutions are more suited to its end-user requirements and overall approach.
Keywords: Blockchain, cloud computing, healthcare data.
Lookout Watch entry data: 07/08/2019.