Conflict-free access rules for sharing smart patient health records

Matthew Banton, Juliana Bowles, Agastya Silvina, Thais Webber

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With an increasing trend in personalised healthcare provision across Europe, we need solutions to enable the secure transnational sharing of medical records, establishing granular access rights to personal patient data. Access rules can establish what should be accessible by whom for how long, and comply with collective regulatory frameworks, such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The challenge is to design and implement such systems integrating novel technologies like Blockchain and Data Lake to enhance security and access control. The blockchain module must deal with adequate policies and algorithms to guarantee that no data leaks occur when authorising data retrieval requests. The data lake module tackles the need for an efficient way to retrieve potential granular data from heterogeneous data sources. In this paper, we define a patient-centric authorisation approach, incorporating a structured format for composing access rules that enable secure data retrieval and automatic rules conflict checking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRules and reasoning
Subtitle of host publication5th International joint conference, RuleML+RR 2021, Leuven, Belgium, September 13–15, 2021, proceedings
EditorsSotiris Moschoyiannis, Rafael Peñaloza, Jan Vanthienen, Ahmet Soylu, Dumitru Roman
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030911676
ISBN (Print)9783030911669
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2021
Event5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 13 Sept 202115 Sept 2021
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference5th International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning
Abbreviated titleRuleML+RR 2021
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  • Access rules
  • Blockchain
  • Data lake
  • Healthcare systems
  • Patient health records


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