A Reference Architecture Proposal for Secure Data Management in Mobile Health

Mario Angelelli, Christian Catalano, Derek Hill, Hristo Koshutanski, Claudio Pascarelli, Joseph Rafferty

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Mobile health (mHealth) is becoming a prominent
component of healthcare. As the border between wearable
consumer devices and medical devices begins to thin, we extend
the mHealth definition including sports, lifestyle, and wellbeing
apps that may connect to smart bracelets and watches as well
as medical device apps running on consumer platforms and
dedicated connected medical devices. This trend raises security
and privacy concerns, since these technologies collect data ubiquitously and continuously, both on the individual user and on the
surroundings. Security issues include lack of authentication and
authorization mechanisms, as well as insecure data transmission
and storage. Privacy issues include users’ lack of control on data
flow, poor quality consent management, and limitations on the
possibility to remain anonymous. In response to these threats,
we propose an advanced reference platform, securing the use
of wearables and mobile apps in the mHealth domains through citizens' active protection and information
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 7th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies, SpliTech 2022
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-8828-0
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 19 Aug 2022

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  • mHealth
  • anonymity
  • wearables
  • privacy
  • cybersecurity


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