Mobile-based medical data accessibility in mHealth

Richard Kwadzo Lomotey, Ralph Deters

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Abstract

The medical domain is embracing mobile technology (mHealth) to enable healthcare professionals have ubiquitous access to the Electronic Health Records (EHR). This creates the need for supporting mobile users to access medical data remotely in real-time, especially in mission critical and decision making situations. However, supporting real-time access and services synchronization in highly distributed mobile environments can be challenging due to the presence of the following factors: 1) sporadic wireless disconnections, 2) fluctuating bandwidth, 3) variations in device features, and 4) battery life constraints. The mobility of the healthcare professionals also poses threats to privacy especially when personalized devices such as smartphones get into the wrong hands. In this work, we focus on the above highlighted challenges by proposing a middleware-oriented mobile cloud computing framework that facilitates near real-time data propagation in the mobile environment. Also, we explore privacy and security options for the accessibility of the medical data in a mobile environment based on provenance and data transformation. The privacy is enhanced through the implementation of policies which ensures that the requester of the medical record is the intended user. The evaluation of the system, called Med App, shows that medical data dissemination can be achieved efficiently and securely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering, MobileCloud 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages91-100
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781479925049
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering, MobileCloud 2014 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: Apr 7 2014Apr 10 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering, MobileCloud 2014

Other

Other2nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering, MobileCloud 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period4/7/144/10/14

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Lomotey, R. K., & Deters, R. (2014). Mobile-based medical data accessibility in mHealth. In Proceedings - 2nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering, MobileCloud 2014 (pp. 91-100). [6834950] (Proceedings - 2nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering, MobileCloud 2014). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/MobileCloud.2014.24