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Digital Health: Cloud Computing in Health Care

Information on the Thesis

Type of Final Thesis: Bachelor
Supervisor: Scott Thiebes
Research Group: Critical Information Infrastructures

Archive Number: 4.288
Status of Thesis: Open

Further Information


Following the general hype about cloud computing, adoption of cloud services in several industries is on the rise. Especially in the health care sector, cloud services are being deployed ever so frequently in order to account for the increased need to support medical processes with modern information technology. However, the health care sector is traditionally slow in adopting innovative information technology and as such cloud computing is still a relatively new technological innovation in health care. To this end, we are especially interested in theses related to the adoption of cloud services in several health care scenarios (e.g., genomics), protection of health-related data in cloud computing environments, and meaningful use of cloud computing in health care.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Security and privacy of health care cloud services
  • Comparison/evaluation of cloud services in genomics
  • Cloud service adoption decisions in genomics

This is an umbrella topic since topics of interest change rapidly. Students are encouraged to propose a topic of interest to them within the topic area.

Introductory literature:

Mell, P., & Grance, T. (2011). The NIST definition of cloud computing. Available at:

Gao, F., Thiebes, S., & Sunyaev, A. (2018). Rethinking the Meaning of Cloud Computing for Health Care: A Taxonomic Perspective and Future Research Directions. Journal of medical Internet research, 20(7), e10041. Available at:

Zhang, R., & Liu, L. (2010, July). Security models and requirements for healthcare application clouds. In 2010 IEEE 3rd International Conference on cloud Computing (pp. 268-275). IEEE. Available at:

Rodrigues, J. J., De La Torre, I., Fernández, G., & López-Coronado, M. (2013). Analysis of the security and privacy requirements of cloud-based electronic health records systems. Journal of medical Internet research, 15(8), e186. Available at:

Stein, L. D. (2010). “The case for cloud computing in genome informatics.” Genome Biology (11:5), pp. 207-213. Available at:

Thiebes, S.; Kleiber, G.; Sunyaev, A. (2017a): Cancer Genomics Research in the Cloud: A Taxonomy of Genome Data Sets. In: GenoPri’17, Orlando, Florida, Oct. Available at: