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Sharing health data in Belgium : a home care case study using the Vitalink platform

Femke De Backere (UGent) , Pieter Bonte (UGent) , Stijn Verstichel (UGent) , Femke Ongenae (UGent) and Filip De Turck (UGent)
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In 2013, the Flemish Government launched the Vitalink platform. This initiative focuses on the sharing of health and welfare data to support primary healthcare. In this paper, the objectives and mission of the Vitalink initiative are discussed. Security and privacy measures are reviewed, and the technical implementation of the Vitalink platform is presented. Through a case study, the possibility of interaction with cloud solutions for healthcare is also investigated upon; this was initially not the focus of Vitalink. The Vitalink initiative provides support for secure data sharing in primary healthcare, which in the long term will improve the efficiency of care and will decrease costs. Based on the results of the case study, Vitalink allowed cloud solutions or applications not providing end-to-end security to use their system. The most important lesson learned during this research was the need for firm regulations and stipulations for cloud solutions to interact with the Vitalink platform. However, these are currently still vague.
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IBCN, MEDICATION COMPLIANCE, ADHERENCE, COMMUNICATION, INTERVENTIONS, CHALLENGES, PHYSICIANS, OUTCOMES, VISION, Belgium, cloud, health data, healthcare, privacy/security, Vitalink

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De Backere, Femke, Pieter Bonte, Stijn Verstichel, Femke Ongenae, and Filip De Turck. 2018. “Sharing Health Data in Belgium : a Home Care Case Study Using the Vitalink Platform.” Informatics for Health & Social Care 43 (1): 56–72.
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De Backere, F., Bonte, P., Verstichel, S., Ongenae, F., & De Turck, F. (2018). Sharing health data in Belgium : a home care case study using the Vitalink platform. INFORMATICS FOR HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE, 43(1), 56–72.
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De Backere F, Bonte P, Verstichel S, Ongenae F, De Turck F. Sharing health data in Belgium : a home care case study using the Vitalink platform. INFORMATICS FOR HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE. Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis Inc; 2018;43(1):56–72.
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De Backere, Femke, Pieter Bonte, Stijn Verstichel, et al. “Sharing Health Data in Belgium : a Home Care Case Study Using the Vitalink Platform.” INFORMATICS FOR HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE 43.1 (2018): 56–72. Print.
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  abstract     = {In 2013, the Flemish Government launched the Vitalink platform. This initiative focuses on the sharing of health and welfare data to support primary healthcare. In this paper, the objectives and mission of the Vitalink initiative are discussed. Security and privacy measures are reviewed, and the technical implementation of the Vitalink platform is presented. Through a case study, the possibility of interaction with cloud solutions for healthcare is also investigated upon; this was initially not the focus of Vitalink. The Vitalink initiative provides support for secure data sharing in primary healthcare, which in the long term will improve the efficiency of care and will decrease costs. Based on the results of the case study, Vitalink allowed cloud solutions or applications not providing end-to-end security to use their system. The most important lesson learned during this research was the need for firm regulations and stipulations for cloud solutions to interact with the Vitalink platform. However, these are currently still vague.},
  author       = {De Backere, Femke and Bonte, Pieter and Verstichel, Stijn and Ongenae, Femke and De Turck, Filip},
  issn         = {1753-8157},
  journal      = {INFORMATICS FOR HEALTH \& SOCIAL CARE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {56--72},
  publisher    = {Taylor \& Francis Inc},
  title        = {Sharing health data in Belgium : a home care case study using the Vitalink platform},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17538157.2016.1269107},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2018},
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