Multi-National Initiative for Cloud Computing in Health Care [MUNICH]

 

The way healthcare is being delivered has been changing dramatically over the last 20 years or so. Health care in the 19th and over more than half of the 20th century was clearly closely associated with a specialist focused, hospital centric approach with a static point of care. Those who where in need of treatment had to make their way to the hospital in order to receive specific treatment until specialists were satisfied with the outcome and patients were well enough to look after themselves or to receive care from family members.

Overwhelming changes in our post war societies such as rapid progressive ageing of the population, the disappearance of the extended family, pharmaceutical and technological progress and the change from an industrial to an information society within Europe have transformed the way health care will be delivered in the future.

There is clear evidence that most westerly societies are in the middle of a transition from centralised, hospital based care to distributed patient centred care.

Hospital-bed-days have come down over the last three decades the number of re-admissions to hospitals has been rising, more surgical procedures than ever are conducted on a day case basis. The sheer amount of elderly people who are in need of care in their homes has spiralled and will not reach a peek until 2050.

The current trend towards patient centric models seems to go hand in hand with the development of distributed computing solutions, smart devices and nano- technological progress which again displays a challenge with view to the Internet of Things and a future Internet in general.

Novel high tech smart devices holding the potential for seamless and pervasive connectivity over the internet to link with data basis and feed into Electronic health Records require novel architectures (cloud computing, peer to peer), improved network technology (IPv6) and novel security features to establish trustworthiness and boost human/machine trust.

Novel technologies will be required to establish services to improve the quality of care and improve the mobility of patients and health care staff not only to support telemedicine and ambient assisted living solutions. Services need to be available over the web and across national borders. Language barriers need to be overcome.

At the basis of future internet services needs to be a specific standardised platform to satisfy national and international standards and legal requirements governing the exchange of patient information over the internet and to enable patients to monitor the use of their own information.

Mission Statement

Aims and Objectives

The MUNICH project is an experimental, health specific, public cloud carrier platform. It’s purpose is to

 

The partners are committed to the use of open source software, which will enable the group and at some point third parties to access and use the platform free of charge for the development, evaluation and testing of novel services and other innovative software products such as Service Oriented Architectures and Security features, network adapters, other enabling technologies aiming at the health care, ambient assisted living and/or wellness market.

Ownership

The platform is hosted by the Technical University Munich and is a joint undertaking between:

 

Currently the group is chaired by Dr. Christoph Thuemmler, Edinburgh Napier University, Centre for Applied e-Health.

Group members are:

Name

Institution

Country

Contact

Dr. Christoph Thuemmler

Edinburgh Napier University, Centre for Applied e-Health

UK

c.thuemmler@napier.ac.uk

Professor Dr. Hubertus Feussner

MITI, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, TU Munich

D

feussner@chir.med.tu-muenchen.de

Mr. Armin Schneider

MITI, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, TU Munich

D

schneider@chir.med.tu-muenchen.de

Dr. Michael Kranzfelder

MITI, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, TU Munich

D

 

Mr. Thomas Jell

Siemens AG

D

Thomas.jell@siemens.com

Professor William Buchanan

Edinburgh Napier University, Centre for Distributed Computing and Security

UK

w.buchanan@napier.ac.uk

Mr. Altaf Sadique

CipherLab

UK

altaf@cipherlab.co.uk

Mr. Sofyane Khedim

Celestor Ltd

UK

s.khedim@celestor.eu

 

Press

Article in theguardian:

http://www.smarthealthcare.com/cloud-computing-ehealth-christoph-thuemmler-napier-20oct10