Personal Medical Information

Security, Engineering, and Ethics

  • Ross Anderson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Ruth Roberts, Joyce Thomas, Michael Rigby, John Williams
    Pages 67-78
  3. Beverly Woodward
    Pages 109-115
  4. Gerrit Bleumer, Matthias Schunter
    Pages 175-194
  5. Yoshikazu Okada, Yasuo Haruki, Youich Ogushi, Masanobu Horie
    Pages 195-198
  6. Fleur Fisher
    Pages 199-205
  7. Ross Anderson
    Pages 233-250
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 251-253

About this book


In the last few years, the protection of computerised medical records, and of other personal health information, has become the subject of both technical research and political dispute in a number of countries. In Britain, the issue arose initially as an argument between the British Me­ dical Association and the Department of Health over whether encryption should be used in a new medical network. In Germany, the focus was the issue to all patients of a smartcard to hold insurance details and facilitate payment; while in the USA, the debate has been whether federal law should preempt state re­ gulation of computerised medical records, and if so, what technical and legal protection should be afforded the patient. Whatever the origin and evolution of this debate in specific countries, it has become clear that policy and technical matters are closely intertwined. What does 'computer security' mean in the medical context? What are we trying to do? What are the threats that we are trying to forestall? What costs might reasonably be incurred? To what extent is the existing technology - largely developed to meet military and banking requirements - of use? And perhaps hardest of all, what is the right balance between technical and legal controls? As the debate spread, it became clear that there was little serious contact between the people who could state the requirements - clinical professionals, medical ethicists and patients - and the people who could explore how to meet


Data Deidentification Datenanonymisierung Datensicherheit Gesundheitsverwaltung Medical Information Systems Medizin-Informationssysteme Personal Data Persönliche Daten coding theory communication cryptology data security privacy responsibility security

Editors and affiliations

  • Ross Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Cambridge, Computer LaboratoryCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-63244-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59023-8
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