A multivariant secure framework for smart mobile health application

Shariq Aziz Butt, Tauseef Jamal, M.A. Azad, Arshad Ali, Nader Sohrabi Safa

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    Wireless sensor network enables remote connectivity of technological devices such as smart mobile with the internet. Due to its low cost as well as easy availability of data sharing and accessing devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) has grown exponentially during the past few years. The availability of these devices plays a remarkable role in the new era of mHealth. In mHealth, the sensors generate enormous amounts of data and the context-aware computing has proven to collect and manage the data. The context aware computing is a new domain to be aware of context of involved devices. The context-aware computing is playing a very significant part in the development of smart mobile health applications to monitor the health of patients more efficiently. Security is one of the key challenges in IoT-based mHealth application development. The wireless nature of IoT devices motivates attackers to attack on application; these vulnerable attacks can be denial of service attack, sinkhole attack, and select forwarding attack. These attacks lead intruders to disrupt the application's functionality, data packet drops to malicious end and changes the route of data and forwards the data packet to other location. There is a need to timely detect and prevent these threats in mobile health applications. Existing work includes many security frameworks to secure the mobile health applications but all have some drawbacks. This paper presents existing frameworks, the impact of threats on applications, on information, and different security levels. From this line of research, we propose a security framework with two algorithms, ie, (i) patient priority autonomous call and (ii) location distance based switch, for mobile health applications and make a comparative analysis of the proposed framework with the existing ones.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere3684
    Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
    Number of pages18
    JournalTransactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies
    Early online date6 Aug 2019
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Aug 2019


    • Infomation security
    • privacy protection
    • smart health
    • mobile application

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications


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