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Specialist Task Force 352:
Personalization of eHealth systems by using eHealth User Profiles 

Who we are:

Team Members : Nike Hine
Mike Pluke
Torbjørn Sund, phase 1
Antonella Frisiello, phase 2 (not on the photo)
Françoise Petersen (Team leader)

News - online survey:

You are welcome to contribute to our work by filling in our on-line survey.

 The present survey will collect input on information and preferences which play a role in the personalization of eHealth systems. We are very interested in your views and would appreciate if you could take a few moments to complete this questionnaire. Your views are valuable and will help us to drive our work.

Thanks in advance!

Why we do it:

Personalization and effective user profile management will be critical to achieve eInclusion and eAccessibility as it will be important that products and services can match the needs of every user, even when those needs may be different from those of the majority of users. The objective of this work is to show how  the goal of the new ICT era, where services and devices within eHealth can be personalized by the users in order to meet the individual users' requirements and needs, can be achieved. 

Background and main outcome:

An ETSI guide on "User Profile Management" (EG 202 325) describes guidelines for managing user profiles, and serves as background for the current work. Furthermore, the recently finished ETSI work (STF 342) on general user profile management has developed two documents:

  • a Technical Specification (TS 102 747) on “Architectural Framework”, which was published in December 2009, 
  • an ETSI Standard (ES 202 746 ) on “User Profile Preferences and Information”, which was published in February 2010.

The current STF 352 was partly running in parallel to that STF, and will result in specifications of user profile information and preferences that are specific for personalization within the eHealth domain, see current draft.

Your comments/input to our work is welcome!

The technical content will be developed through consultation, workshops, studies and desk-based research.

Read our: Terms of Reference

Time plan for the work:

The STF will be reporting the milestones to the ETSI Technical Bodies Human Factors (HF) and eHealth. The work will proceed according to the following time schedule:

  • Work has begun in April 2008-04-27 
  • Initial draft reported to TC HF#47, 6-10 October and EP eHealth 2008 
  • Final draft submitted to ETSI HF and eHealth for approval in June 2010 

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The work has been presented and discussed at the following events:

Year 2009

  • 4th  ETSI Security Workshop, Sophia Antipolis, 13 - 14 January 
  • HEALTHINF 2009, “International Conference on Health Informatics” on the 14-17 January in Porto, Portugal. 
  • ETSI eHealth#11, 22 January, milestone C approved by eHealth 
  • ETSI HF#48 and User#35, 9-13 February, milestone C approved by HF 
  • Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) at the WWRF22 meeting on the 5-7 May inParis 
  • ETSI TB eHealth on the 29 May in Paris, milestone D was approved by eHealth 
  • ETSI TB HF#49 on the 22-26 June at ETSI, milestone D was approved by HF 
  • pHealth 2009 “The 6th international Workshop on Wearable Micro and Nano Tehnologies for Personalized Health” on the 24-26 June in Oslo. The seminar “The Transition from Cards to Portable Devices and Sensor Networks for Wireless Personalized Health Services” was co-organized by Peter Pharow, Pekka Ruotsalainen, Tomas Trpisovsky, Françoise Petersen, Asbjørn Hovstø, Fritz Meier and Qiang Pan 
  • MIE 2009 - The 22nd International Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics 20 August to 2 September in Sarajevo. The workshop on “Portable Devices, Sensors and Networks: Wireless Personalized eHealth Services” was organized by Peter Pharow, Bernd Blobel, Pekka Ruotsalainen, Françoise Petersen, Asbjørn Hovstø 
  • ETSI TB HF#50 on the 5-9 October at ETSI, milestone E was approved by 
  • HF ETSI TB eHealth#13 on the 19-20 October at ETSI, milestone E was approved by eHealth 
  • 9th International Special Topic Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) in Antalya, Turkey on the 12-15 November. Conference theme: Travel Health Informatics and Telehealth. Our participation was presented at a session which was co-organized with EFMI WG PPD. The session consisted of four invited presentations, held by Peter Pharow, Françoise Petersen, Pekka Ruotsalainen and Manfred Kube 
  • World Usability Day held in Milan, Italy on the 12 November

Year 2008

  • Meeting of the Scottish Parliament on eHealth on the 16 April 
  • ETSI Technical Body eHealth meeting eHealth#8, 12-13 June, milestone A approved by eHealth 
  • ETSI Technical Committee Human Factors meeting HF#46 on the 16-20 June, milestone A approved by HF 
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology conference is "Personalized Healthcare through Technology" in Vancouver, 20-24 August 
  • ETSI Technical Committee Human Factors meeting HF#47 on the 6-10 October, milestone B approved by HF
  • eHealth personalization workshop at Telenor in Norway, 12 November 
  • ETSI Technical Body eHealth#10 meeting on the 18-19 November, milestone B approved by eHealth 
  • RAATE Conference, “Recent Advances in Assistive Technology and Engineering”, on the 1st December 

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This information is based upon STF working assumptions.
The views expressed do not necessarily represent the position of ETSI in this context.

Last updated: 2013-04-13 17:31:04