A new privacy framework for the management of chronic diseases via mHealth in a post Covid-19 world

Jusob, Farad Rafique, George, Carlisle ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8600-6264 and Mapp, Glenford E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0539-5852 (2021) A new privacy framework for the management of chronic diseases via mHealth in a post Covid-19 world. Journal of Public Health . ISSN 2198-1833 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1007/s10389-021-01608-9)

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Abstract

Aim
New challenges are being faced by global healthcare systems such as an increase in the elderly population, budget cuts as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As pressures mount on healthcare systems to provide treatment to patients, mHealth is seen as one of the possible solutions to addressing these challenges. Given the sensitivity of health data, the rapid development of the mHealth sector raises privacy concerns. The aims of this research were to investigate privacy threats/concerns in the context of mHealth and the management of chronic diseases and to propose a novel privacy framework to address these concerns.

Subject and Method
The study adopted a modified version of the engineering design process. After defining the problem, information was gathered through literature reviews, and analyses of existing regulatory (privacy) frameworks and past research on privacy threats/concerns. Requirements for a new framework were then specified leading to its development and comparison with existing frameworks.

Results
A novel future-proof privacy framework was developed and illustrated. Using existing regulatory frameworks for privacy and privacy threats/concerns from research studies, privacy principles and their resulting requirements were identified. Further, mechanisms and associated technologies needed to implement the privacy principles/requirements into a functional prototype were also identified. A comparison of the proposed framework with existing frameworks, should that it addressed privacy threats/concerns in a more comprehensive manner.

Conclusion
This research makes a valuable contribution to protecting privacy in mHealth. The novel framework developed is an improvement on existing frameworks. It is also future-proof since its foundations are built on regulatory frameworks and privacy threats/concerns existing at the time of its deployment/revision.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Aspects of Law and Ethics Related to Technology group
Item ID: 33312
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of Public Health. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10389-021-01608-9
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Depositing User: Carlisle George
Date Deposited: 26 May 2021 07:51
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2021 12:10
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33312

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