PPD – Personal Portable Devices


  • Lenka Lhotska

Main Objectives

EFMI Working Group (WG) Personal Portable Devices (PPD) aims at being a European competence center to watch ongoing activities and to provide knowledge to policy makers and architect designers involved in the deployment of projects related to personalized, portable devices (PPD) such as cards, tokens, wearable and portable devices, sensors and actuators, and similar technologies including advanced network infrastructures mainly in the domain of healthcare and welfare. WG PPD links its activities to the domain of Ambient Assisted Living by liaising with the IMIA WG on Smart Homes and AAL.

Furthermore, WG PPD representatives are actively involved in standardization activities in various fields and domains including security, safety, management, ethics, medical devices, and sensor networks. Members of WG PPD act as a kind of ambassador to additional standards developing organizations in various other domains, where aspects of personal portable (mobile) devices are addressed.

Moreover, WG PPD actively supports the organization of meetings of various kinds to disseminate the WG achievements, and to exchange knowledge and information about any topic linked to the interest of the WG PPD members. The main topics the WG PPD is focused on are:

  • Personal(ized) Portable Devices, sensors and actuators as well as the underlying networks enable personal and even personalized health service provision going far beyond traditional care procedures. It includes wellness aspects, lifestyle aspects, and safety aspects. Applications from other domains stimulate the respective paradigm shift towards personalized services (addressing citizens rather than patients) also in the healthcare and welfare domain.
  • The paradigm shift from health cards to personalized devices and sensor networks for providing personal health services addresses various technical, medical, organizational, legal, and standardization aspects of portable devices (EFMI WG PPD) and related work on sensor networks (ISO/IEC JTC1 SGSN). What EFMI WG PPD is aiming at from a technological viewpoint, are aspects of the present and the near future of personal health service provision supported by devices of any technology, any kind and any size either directly applied to the human body, or placed even inside the body.

Relevant activities 2016

  • Active participation in Int. Conference Electronic Healthcare Documentation 2016, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Active participation in EFMI STC 2016, Paris, France – Peter Pharow was invited as keynote speaker 
  • Active participation in MIE 2016, Munich, Germany – Lenka Lhotska was member of the SPC
  • Joint workshop with EFMI Working Groups Security, Safety and Ethics and Personal Portable Devices in cooperation with IMIA Working Group “Security in Health Information Systems”. In contemporary healthcare and personal health management the collection and use of personal health information takes place in different contexts and jurisdictions. Global use of health data is also expanding. The approach taken by different experts, health service providers, data subjects and secondary users in understanding privacy and the privacy expectations others may have is strongly context dependent. To make eHealth, global healthcare, mHealth and personal health management successful and to enable fair secondary use of personal health data, it is necessary to find a practical and functional balance between privacy expectations of stakeholder groups. The workshop highlighted these privacy concerns by presenting different cases and approaches. Workshop participants analysed stakeholder privacy expectations that take place in different real-life contexts such as portable health devices and personal health records, and develop a mechanism to balance them in such a way that global protection of health data and its meaningful use is realized simultaneously. Based on the results of the workshop, initial requirements for a global healthcare information certification framework will be developed.

Relevant Activities 2015

  • Teleconference meeting of the core members of the WG on future focus of the WG, topics of next pHealth conferences, and potential joint project proposals for the Horizon 2020 program.
  • Peter Pharow was involved as Scientific Program Committee member in preparation of the pHealth 2015 conference in Vasteras, Sweden.

Relevant Activities 2014

  • WG meeting in Munich, Germany, February 27-28, 2014
  • Strengthening of the links to relevant societies and their working groups
  • Joint Workshop at MIE 2014 in cooperation with the EFMI WGs SSE and EHR
  • Active participation in pHealth 2014, Vienna, Austria

Relevant Activities 2013

  • The WG organized a workshop with around 20 participants during EFMI STC 2013, April 16, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. The title of the workshop: “Decision Support and Decision Making Enabled by Personal Portable Devices” (see program at http://stc2013.org/assets/files/WS2_PPD.pdf)
  • Active participation in pHealth 2013 conference in Tallin, Estonia – Peter Pharow, SPC Chair (see program at http://phealth2013.eu/uploads/keepitsimple/pHealth%202013%20PROGRAM_19.06.pdf), presentation of papers (for details, see publication list)
  • Organization of mini-symposium Privacy and Network Security at the ICHI 2013 (IFMBE International Conference on Health Informatics), Vilamoura, Portugal
  • Special session “Assistive Technology in Healthcare” at the Medtel conference in Prague, Czech Republic (see program at http://www.action-m.com/medtel2013/odborny-program.php)
  • Preparation of a WG meeting in Munich, Germany (February 2014)


If you want to become a member of the PPD Working Group, please contact with the Chair of the Working Group