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Emergency Secure Sharing of Medical Data Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246446D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-07
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A system to improve the ability of medical personnel to read vital and sensitive information about a patient. The system uses commonly available electronic devices such as a smart phone and is using encryption and visual transfer of data even when the device is unpowered.

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Emergency Secure Sharing of Medical Data

Disclosed is a system that creates a visual, encrypted representation of sensitive data on a damaged or un-powered device (e.g. battery is empty or non-functional).

    "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) types of smart phone apps require a working and powered-up smart phone where a user can store, process and access his medical data. In case of emergency this data can be used by medical personnel to better help the victim. However, in case of an accident, the smart phone may be damaged or simply cannot be powered-up. Also the user might not be able to unlock more sensitive data. In these cases a third party cannot access the medical data that can be critical to providing adequate first aid to the victim of an accident. The proposed system will provide a durable and secure way to store the latest medical health information of the user. Examples of such information: last 24h heart rate, blood type, location, and so on. The proposed system will make it easily extractable for medical personnel or first hand aid personnel to access and process.

    In general, this approach provides different embodiments for secure dynamic data sharing where the data carrier is sensitive to environment conditions such as a crash or power loss and ease of access is important.

    Encryption is important due to the confidential nature of the data that is being processed. Since this can include sensitive medical information of the user, such as medication or illness, it is important that it is encrypted and made accessible by an access control mechanism. Encrypting health information makes this solution compliant with the standards of the medical industry. Static as well as dynamic information can be considered.

    Today's smart phones are starting to act as an aggregation point for medical data about a person. This data can be generated by different sensors that can reside inside the phone or are connected to the phone through a wireless mechanism. For example: the heart rate or even the EEG of a person can be captured in real-time and stored on the mobile device. To this dynamic data a user can manually add extra, more static, data such as blood type or allergies.

    In the proposed system, the data will not leave the phone, in particular the system does not need to store to, or retrieve medical data from, cloud storage. Using this data, a two dimensional barcode such as a QR code is generated in

which the most important information is encrypted and stored. This two dimensional barcode displays on a solid state e-ink display incorporated into the electronic device.

    Solid state e-ink displays are assumed to be much more sturdy than a regular display and it retains...