Lifelong Personal Health Data And Application Software Via Virtual Machines

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Summary of the academic paper “Lifelong personal health data and application software via virtual machines in the cloud” by Van Gorp, P & Comuzzi, M The authors emphases their research on exploring and presenting a novel prototype system which would provide opportunities for patients to access their Personal Health Records (PHR) regardless of location and time and, also very importantly to share this information with relevant health practitioners and institution. They identify that “Cloud computing offers unique opportunities for supporting long-term record preservation” . The authors further argued that the latest cloud technology would be the best solution architecturally to access PHR data from virtually any device. They state that…show more content…
With the radiology case, the authors used real patient data collected over the past 15 years to show that real savings could be made if patients were able to show their PHR history to every specialist, as record shows duplication in scan exams. The authors were certain that this indicates that there is no data integration between different health institutions. In the second use case they refer to the importance of PHR data privacy, and how this data, if revealed to organizations like employers or banks could compromise relationships with these institutions. The authors establish that the cloud setup would meet all requirements extracted from those two use cases: particularly a patient’s ability to share PHR with any medical institution from any physical location and at any time, and also patients providing and assigning access to relevant health institution whilst ensuring that data will not be used inappropriately. Based on those requirements, the authors argue that current PHR systems only meet part of the requirements but not the whole set of them produced from real 2 case studies From the requirements, the author’s derived prototype for MyPHRMachine technical architecture, requires a Java enabled browser or native RDP client. The authors explain that cloud technology would be used for MyPHRMachines allowing patients to build
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