It's officially Dr Ssembatya!

Congratulations to Richard, an HPI fellow with the research school for successfully completing his PhD studies. For his PhD studies at the HPI Research School in ICT4D, Richard worked on empowering patients to securely own their health records using mobile phones. Richard's thesis is titled 'Designing an Architecture for Secure Sharing of Personal Health Records - A Case of Developing Countries'. 

While there has been an increase in the design and development of Personal Health Record (PHR) systems in the developed world, little has been done to explore the utility of these systems in the developing world. Despite the usual problems of poor infrastructure, PHR systems designed for the developing world need to conform to users with different models of security and literacy than those designed for developed world.

Richard's study investigated a PHR system distributed across mobile devices with a security model and an interface that supports the usage and concerns of low literacy users in developing countries. The main question addressed in his study is: “Can personal health records be stored securely and usefully on mobile phones?”.

In the study, mobile phones were integrated into the PHR architecture that they/he designed because the literature reveals that the majority of the population in developing countries possess mobile phones. Additionally, mobile phones are very flexible and cost efficient devices that offer adequate storage and computing capabilities to users for typically communication operations. However, it is also worth noting that, mobile phones generally do not provide sufficient security mechanisms to protect the user data from unauthorized access.