Serums Horizon 2020


The Serums Project is an EU Horizon 2020 research project which deals with security and privacy of future-generation healthcare systems, putting patients at the centre of future healthcare provision, enhancing their personal care and maximising the quality of treatment they receive. A short animation is available to explain the project further.

​​Potential applications

Healthcare management is an increasingly complex, multi practitioner driven entity, precipitating a pressing need to collect and share highly confidential and personal medical data, obtained from a variety of sources; including personal medical devices. Data sharing may be necessary through a variety of means, including public networks and other systems, whose security cannot be implicitly trusted.
It is the role of the University of St Andrews, under the leadership of Dr Juliana Bowles to coordinate the Serums Project. Serums forms part of the Horizon 2020 initiative and combines the expertise of nine institutions across seven countries. The Serums project aims to centre future healthcare provision around patient need, enhancing personal care, and maximizing treatment quality, while ensuring patient trust in the security and privacy of their confidential medical data. 

A Scottish case study to demonstrate the potential of the Serums system has been conceived with Dr Peter Hall, medical oncologist from the Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital. Edinburgh Cancer Care Personalised Treatment will provide a patient app where cancer patients will be able to add information securely and confidentially on their symptoms (i.e. appetite, nausea) between chemotherapy treatments, and clinical staff (e.g., GP or oncologist), can adapt treatment if required to improve their outcome and toxicity levels. Read more about project use cases here.

Project Information; SERUMS
Grant agreement ID: 826278
Start date 1 January 2019
    End date 30 June 2022
    Funded under;  H2020-EU.
    EU contribution  € 4 370 059

Securing Medical Data in Smart Patient-Centric Healthcare Systems | SERUMS Project | H2020 | CORDIS | European Commission (

Recent Publications

Janjic, V, Kuster Filipe Bowles, J, Vermeulen, AF, Silvina, A, Belk, M, Fidas, C, Pitsillides, A, Kumar, M, Rossborry, M, Vinov, M, Given-Wilson, T, Legay, A, Blackledge, E, Arredouani, R, Stylianou, G & Huang, W 2020, The SERUMS tool-chain: ensuring security and privacy of medical data in smart patient-centric healthcare systems. in Proceedings 2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data., 9005600, IEEE International Conference on Big Data, IEEE Computer Society, pp. 2726-2735, IEEE Big Data 2019, Los Angeles, United States, 9/12/19.

Janjic, V, Bowles, J, Belk, M & Pitsillides, A 2019, Security and privacy of medical data: challenges for next-generation patient-centric healthcare systems. in ACM UMAP 2019 Adjunct – Adjunct Publication of the 27th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, New York, pp. 213-214, 27th ACM International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, UMAP 2019, Larnaca, Cyprus, 9/06/19.