Concepts and Methodology

The CUREX concept will be based on four technical pillars as illustrated in bellow and detailed. In the centre of CUREX, we have placed the exchange of health data that we see as one of the most prominent needs for hospitals and care centres especially due to the proliferation of Internet-of-Things (IoT), the always growing need for improving healthcare research based on available data and the ever-increasing mobility of patients within EU borders. Further, new technologies such as blockchain and smart contracts are envisaged to revolutionalise the healthcare domain, as it can be clearly seen in the MyHealthMyData H2020 project. The work plan of CUREX encompasses (i) horizontal activities covering research and technological activities and (ii) vertical activities covering all other types of activities; namely management activities, dissemination and exploitation activities and validation/demonstration activities. From the research and technological perspective CUREX will follow an AGILE development approach comprising:

  • Phase 1(Definition): The definition phase marks the beginning of the project and involves two tasks: (i) identifying the user requirements that will drive the design of the CUREX Platform and (ii) specifying the technical requirements of its components. To ensure a user driven approach, CUREX will be built upon the analysis of the requirements of the end users (SERMAS, FPHAG and KI).
  • Phase 2(Research and Development): The research and development start with the user requirements specifications and comprises a range of integrated, multidisciplinary research and technology tasks.
  • Phase 3(Prototype and System Integration): With the successful completion of all tasks in Phase 2, the stand-alone CUREX components and tools will be integrated into an operational prototype platform that includes all the proposed CUREX components. Thus, there will be at least three Proof of Concepts (PoCs) to showcase the different features of the CUREX Platform.
  • Phase 4(Testing and User Validation): In the final phase of the project, the CUREX Platform will be validated, demonstrated and refined in three use cases covering four different scenarios.

The whole cycle-based development procedure of CUREX is illustrated in bellow. The CUREX Toolkit consists of the: (i) Asset Discovery Tool; (ii) Vulnerability Discovery Manager; (iii) Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Tool; (iv) Privacy Risk Assessment Tool; and (v) Optimal Safeguards Tool.

The CUREX concept


The CUREX methodology


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