Participatory EHPR: A watermarking solution

David Lowe*, Basava R. Matam

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Electronic Patient Health Record (EPHR), as the basis for future ehealthcare systems, suffers from public suspicion and doubt regarding its security and exploitation. In this paper a mechanism permitting patient empowerment to increase public acceptance of the EPHR is introduced, which also has the benefits of making its use more secure. We argue that the use of steganography (information hiding) to embed distributed personal patient details within the patient's medical data increases the personalised and participatory aspects. It also empowers the patient to have more control over the use of their own personal data. We discuss a hierarchical watermarking scheme for the embedding of multiple watermarks to provide different levels of security under patient control.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBio-inspired systems: computational and ambient intelligence, 10th International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, IWANN 2009, Salamanca, Spain, June 10-12, 2009. Proceedings, Part I
EditorsJoan Cabestany, Francisco Sandoval, Alberto Prieto, Juan M. Corchado
Place of PublicationBerlin (DE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-02478-8
ISBN (Print)3-642-02477-7, 978-3-642-02477-1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2009
Event10th International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, IWANN 2009 - Salamanca, Spain
Duration: 10 Jun 200912 Jun 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, IWANN 2009


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