Securing future healthcare environments in a post-COVID-19 world: moving from frameworks to prototypes

Vithanwattana, Nattaruedee, Karthick, Gayathri, Mapp, Glenford E. ORCID logoORCID:, George, Carlisle ORCID logoORCID: and Samuels, Ann (2022) Securing future healthcare environments in a post-COVID-19 world: moving from frameworks to prototypes. Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments, 8 (3) . pp. 299-315. ISSN 2199-4668 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s40860-022-00180-7)

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The deployment of Internet of Things platforms as well as the use of mobile and wireless technologies to support healthcare environments have enormous potential to transform healthcare. This has also led to a desire to make eHealth and mHealth part of national healthcare systems. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the requirement to do this in order to reduce the number of patients needing to attend hospitals and General Practitioner surgeries. This direction however has resulted in a renewed need to look at security of future healthcare platforms including information and data security as well as network and cyber-physical security. There have been security frameworks that were developed to address such issues. However, it is necessary to develop a security framework with a combination of security mechanisms that can be used to provide all the essential security requirements for healthcare systems. In addition, there is now a need to move from frameworks to prototypes which is the focus of this paper. Several security frameworks for eHealth and mHealth are first examined. This leads to a new reference model from which an implementation framework is developed using new mechanisms such as Capabilities, Secure Remote Procedure Calls and a Service Management Framework. The prototype is then evaluated against practical security requirements.

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Additional Information: Special Issue (SI) on "Intelligent Environments with Entangled Quality Properties"
Keywords (uncontrolled): Healthcare systems, Information security frameworks for eHealth and mHealth, Capabilities, Secure remote procedure calls, Service management framework
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Aspects of Law and Ethics Related to Technology group
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Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 10:28
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