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Ubiquitous Health Monitoring Systems: Addressing Security Concerns

Mahmoud Elkhodr, Seyed Shahrestani and Hon Cheung


Problem statement: It is important to secure the transmission of patient’s EHR in remote health monitoring systems. Security is among the main issues that need to be realized for the adaption of this monitoring technology. The face of healthcare is changing as ubiquitous computing technologies are being incorporated into the existing infrastructure. We specify the requirements, needed security mechanism, outstanding issues and the future challenges as well as the open problems that need to be achieved. Approach: Although there were benefits to technology, approaches that offer reliable privacy and security features must be presented to users in order to make these systems socially accepted. Results: We investigated the privacy and security implications generated from the deployment of remote health monitoring technology. To achieve these security requirements, building on the strengths of Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, a trust negotiation approach was proposed. The application of this approach results in significant improvements in overcoming security related concerns compared to the traditional identity-based only access control techniques. Conclusion: We believe these considerations will eventually contribute toward an efficient and practical deployment of remote monitoring systems.

Journal of Computer Science
Volume 7 No. 10, 2011, 1465-1473


Submitted On: 10 July 2011 Published On: 4 August 2011

How to Cite: Elkhodr, M., Shahrestani, S. & Cheung, H. (2011). Ubiquitous Health Monitoring Systems: Addressing Security Concerns. Journal of Computer Science, 7(10), 1465-1473.

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  • Ubiquitous computing
  • U-health services
  • monitoring system
  • healthcare services
  • remote health monitoring system
  • security features
  • Health cast report
  • community care system
  • Information Communication Technologies for Health (ICT)
  • Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs)