8. Data security and information governance

This work area is focussed on the data security and information governance issues that are necessary and/or appropriate given the increased use of electronic health records, both within the statutory sector and the consumer space. Issues such as what encryption algorithms are appropriate for the storage and transmission of data, and what information can be made available for viewing or editing by which people under what circumstances are expected to be key to this work.

Interoperability Initiatives

7. Identity and consent

This work area is focussed on the related issues of proving one’s identity in an electronic, online world, and the provision of consent by the patient to different people to access various data sets are addressed in a co-ordinated manner. Initiatives such as the Cabinet Office’s Identity Assurance Programme are clearly important in this area, but for certain applications and in certain circumstances, other means of identification may be appropriate / acceptable, for example a Facebook login account or an account with a federated identify system such as OpenID.

1. Multi-platform service delivery

This work area is focused around how best to solve the problem of delivering applications on / content to a disparate collection of consumer client devices, from TVs (Sky, Virgin, Freesat, BT Vision, YouView STBs, Freeview & Freeview HD TVs, various brands of Connected TV, …) to computers (Windows, Mac, Linux) to smartphones and tablets (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, …). It may be that the best that can be achieved is to document what each platform can and cannot do, compiling lists of the specifications and standards that they comply with. However, it is to be hoped that system

3. Use of Consumers’ Existing Devices

With the intent of deploying consumer-space health and well-being services, and the financial constraints on statutory service provision, it is increasingly important that consumers’ existing devices (TVs, computers, smart phones, tablets, …) are able to be used as the application platform. One of the key issues in this area is the applicability of the Medical Devices Directive, and the implications of this Directive on the aspirations to run health and well-being related applications on devices that are inherently open.

The resulting Profile document is available

Where to start?

The scope of dallas is potentially huge. If we are to be effective we have to select, define and prioritise very carefully. i-focus is working with the other dallas Communities to develop process for prioritizing design and interoperability work. This process is being finalised, and the prioritisation mechanism is being rolled out now. – take a look and feel free to post or email your comments.