Richard Ssembatya


I am a PhD candidate majoring computer science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. My thesis work is focused on designing an Architecture for Secure Sharing of Personal Health Records - A Case of Developing. My research explores practical solutions for emerging Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, and includes design of a user-centred system for identity credentials, usage and update of EHRs. My research interest and experience further cover identity management, user authentication, applied cryptography, mobile Interaction Design (MID) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Education Information

  1. Ph.D. Candidate majoring Computer Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2011 – 2014)Relevant Coursework: Information Security, Applied Cryptography, Mobile Interaction Design, ICT4D, Human-Computer Interaction.
  2. MSc. Computer Science Makerere University, Uganda (2003 – 2006.
  3. BSc. Computer Science, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda (1998 - 2001)

Recent Research Projects

  1. Principal Investigator: Empowering Patient own their health records. Funded by Stars Grand Challenge Canada.
  2. Principal investigator: Developing the knowledge, skills and competency oflocal Council authorities in ICT (2004-2006). Funded by i@mak.
  3. Principal investigator: Designing an Architecture for Secure Sharing ofPersonal Health Records (2011-2014) Funded by HPI

Recent Papers published/ under review 

  1. Ssembatya, R. (2012). An Access Control Framework for Protecting Mobile Health Records: The Case Study of Developing Countries, In the proceedings of the 9th International Network Conference (INC 2012), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa, pp. 73- 82.
  2. Ssembatya, R., Kayem, A., & Marsden, G. (2013, January). On the challenge of adopting standard EHR systems in developing countries. In Proceedings of the 3rd ACM Symposium on Computing for Development (p. 23). ACM.
  3. Ssembatya, R. and Zawedde S. Issues of Adoption: Can Health Services Design for Developed Countries be adopted in Developing Countries? In the proceedings of the 10th International Network Conference (INC 2014), Plymouth University, 8th - 10th July 2014 (Under review)
  4. Ssembatya, R. Designing an Architecture for Secure Sharing of Personal Health Records - A Case of Developing Countries. South African Computer Journal (SACJ), 2014. (Under review)