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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.5.1 | Award Amount: 11.64M | Year: 2013

Obesity and other lifestyle-related illness are among the top healthcare challenges in Europe. Obesity alone accounts for up to 7% of healthcare costs in the EU, as well as wider economy costs associated with lower productivity, lost output and premature death. Obesity in younger age is an alarming predictor for obesity in adulthood, but also entails short term health complications in juvenile age along with greater risk of social and psychological problems.\nKnowing how to stay healthy is not enough to motivate individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles, but relevant progress can be achieved through the use of incentives delivered through a combination of processes and mobile technologies.\nRecognizing the effectiveness of this approach, the PEGASO project will develop a multi-dimensional cross-disciplinary ICT system that will exploit sophisticated game mechanics to motivate behavioral changes towards healthier lifestyles and prevent overweight and obesity in the younger population.\nThe project relies on ICT technologies to implement a framework for the promotion of an health service based on three main features: individual&environmental monitoring, including wearable sensors, mobile phone and multimedia diaries for the acquisition of physical, physiological and behavioural attributes of participants; feedback to the user, presenting personalised healthy options for alternative lifestyles; social connectivity, encouraging involvement in social network experience sharing and social engagement. For the system development, a user centered approach, social and networked games and online education will be used. PEGASO will be tested with over 300 adolescents in three EU member states (Spain, Italy, UK).\nThe development of PEGASO project will mobilize a wide stakeholders ecosystem contributed by National Health Authorities and Research Institutions, Industries and Academia from the ICT and healthcare sectors, as well as food companies and SMEs

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: DS-02-2014 | Award Amount: 6.65M | Year: 2015

With increasing mobility and Internet usage, the demand for digital services increases and has reached critical and high assurance domains like e-Government, e-Health and e-Business. Those domains have high security and privacy requirements and hence will be harnessed with various novel mechanisms for secure access. Approaches for handling the resulting variety of authentication and authorisation mechanisms include the use of digital identity and access management systems (IAM). Like other technologies IAMs follow the trend of using cloud services. This allows abstracting over used resources and enables ubiquitous access to identity data which is stored and processed in the cloud, but also results in an additional degree of complexity for securely operating IAMs. The goal of CREDENTIAL is to develop, test and showcase innovative cloud based services for storing, managing, and sharing digital identity information and other critical personal data. The security of these services relies on the combination of strong hardware-based multi-factor authentication with end-to-end encryption representing a significant advantage over current password-based authentication schemes. The use of sophisticated proxy cryptography schemes will enable a secure and privacy preserving information sharing network for cloud-based identity information in which even the identity provider cannot access the data in plain-text and hence protect access to identity data. We focus not only on evaluating and applying novel crypto-approaches for IAMs but also on implementing them in an easy-to-use way to motivate secure handling of identity data. In order to also address security, privacy and trust issues related to the used cloud platforms and services we will investigate assurance and resilience approaches for enhancing underlying cloud services. To empirically evaluate our work and to produce outputs of a high technical readiness we will consider use cases from all three domains mentioned above.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-32-2014 | Award Amount: 8.38M | Year: 2015

With a current volume of over USD 100 billion and annual growth rates of over 10%, the world-wide market for cloud computing can be considered as the major growth area in ICT. However, big companies and public authorities are reluctant to entrust their most sensitive data to external parties for storage and processing. The reason for their hesitation is clear: There exist no satisfactory approaches to adequately protect the data during its lifetime in the cloud. PRISMACLOUD addresses these challenges and yields a portfolio of novel security enabled cloud services, guaranteeing the required security for sensitive data in the cloud. Techniques for outsourcing computation with verifiable correctness and authenticity-preservation allow to securely delegate computations to cloud providers. A distributed multi-cloud data storage architecture shares data among several cloud providers and improves security and availability. Dynamically updating shares by means of novel techniques avoids vendor lock-in, preserves data authenticity, facilitates long term privacy and promotes a dynamic cloud provider market. Claims about the secure connection and configuration of the virtualized cloud infrastructures and properties of cloud topologies are verifiable by means of cryptographic techniques. User privacy issues are addressed by data minimization and anonymization technologies due to the application of privacy-preserving cryptographic techniques. As feasibility proof, three use cases from the fields of SmartCity, e-Government, and e-Health, will be implemented and evaluated by the project participants. The PRISMACLOUD work program is complemented with activities addressing secure user interfaces, secure service composition, secure implementation in software and hardware, security certification, and an impact analysis from an end-user view. In order to converge with the European Cloud Computing Strategy, a strategy for the dissemination of results into standards is developed.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.5.3 | Award Amount: 5.08M | Year: 2012

Pre-approval clinical trials cannot possibly ensure that a drug will not have disastrous side effects once it arrives on the market. Post-approval safety data gathering was put in place to address this problem, but as implemented, it has not proven to be as effective as hoped. This is due to the fact that, current post market safety studies largely depend on the submission of spontaneous case reports where underreporting is a major problem. The need for a proactive approach is apparent, where safety data from multiple sources are actively monitored, linked and analyzed. Effective integration and utilization of electronic health records (EHR) can help to improve post-market safety activities on a proactive basis. There are prototype studies to monitor EHRs for simplifying ADE reporting, and also for signal detection by screening multiple EHRs, however these tools are directly built on top of EHR/EMR systems through proprietary interfaces. It is apparent that the promise of proactive, continuous monitoring of multiple sources cannot be achieved through such proprietary integrations. To facilitate wide scale proactive post market safety studies, there is a need for a new capacity enabling accessing the data locked in multiple different heterogonous EHR systems. In SALUS project, we aim to provide a standard-based interoperability framework that will enable execution of safety studies for mining and analyzing real-time patient data in communication with disparate heterogeneous EHR systems. SALUS will provide:\n\tFunctional interoperability profiles enabling exchange of EHRs\n\tSemantic interoperability solutions enabling meaningful interpretation of the exchanged EHRs\n\tSecurity and Privacy mechanisms ensuring EHRs are shared in an ethical and safe way\n\tA novel framework for open-ended temporal pattern discovery for safety studies on top of EHR Systems\n\tImplementation of high potential use cases enabling secondary use of EHRs for post market safety studies

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2013.5.1 | Award Amount: 391.83K | Year: 2013

Motivated by the transatlantic eHealth Cooperation Roadmap, Trillium Bridge aims to bridge patient summary specifications in the EU and US to support interoperability for improved health and healthcare delivery, economic growth and innovation.\nWith an outstanding well-balanced consortium, Trillium Bridge leverages epSOS patient access and Meaningful Use/Transitions of Care use cases:\n Mobilizes people and resources creating a forum of collaboration and knowledge sharing\n Compares patient summary specifications and associated policies including eIdentification, privacy & security to select pilot use cases and complete a gap analysis\n Assembles interoperability assets to align structure and terminology (semantic mapping services for value sets published by the National Library of Medicine & epSOS, clinical document structures, testing and validation tools)\n Develops testing tools and validation reports from committed US providers and epSOS sites.\n Informs development of implementation guides and template libraries for patient summaries in liaison with Standards Development Organizations decreasing standards development costs\n Creates a feasibility analysis for patient and provider-mediated exchange of patient summaries.\nOnline social tools engage input from eHealth stakeholders at all project stages. Interoperability resources assembled for the eHealth industry to use push the envelope in interoperability and fostering transatlantic cooperation and business engagement.\nTrillium Bridge will join forces with support actions, projects and initiatives contributing to policy alignment and sustainability upholding safety, empowerment, and well-being for European and US citizens when abroad. Thus, Trillium Bridge brings concrete measurable interoperability results at the technical, semantic, organizational, and legal levels, building on major initiatives to advance eHealth innovation and contribute the triple win: quality care, sustainability and economic growth.

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