Privacy-Preserving Collection and Retrieval of Medical Wearables Data

Majid Nateghizad, Christian Maulany, Zekeriya Erkin

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In recent years we have seen a rise in the amount of fitness tracking and self monitoring devices. These devices which often work in conjunction with a smartphone are becoming more accurate and are becoming widely adopted. This trend goes hand in hand with Electronic Health Care (e-health): the shift of health care to the digital domain. E-health would allow patients to measure their medical condition at home, allowing a diagnosis to be made based on measurements taken over a longer period of time, while reducing the work performed by a doctor. Measurements are  tored in the cloud, simplifying the way in which they can be shared with healthcare providers and possibly research  nstitutions. Modernizing healthcare this way should give the patient more insight and control over his/her healthcare and  medical data. Furthermore the amount of visits required to the hospital can be reduced, an endeavor which can be demanding for many less fit for elderly individuals.

However, handling medical data this way causes concern for privacy. Often the data handled by these devices is very  sensitive and could easily be used to identify the user and monitor many of their behaviours. In order to achieve privacy there are several approaches. One way is to enforce involved parties through legislation to use the data for specific purposes only. However, this relies on the party being semi-trusted and does not guarantee safety in case of a data-breach. 

In this work the way in which the integration of wearables into the medical domain is currently taking place and how privacy and security is handled will be explored. Furthermore we will show the current state of research regarding improving this security. 
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux
EditorsRichard Heusdens, Jos H. Weber
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6186-811-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux: WIC/SP 2017 - Tu Delft Science Centre, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 11 May 201712 Dec 2017
Conference number: 38


Conference2017 Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing in the Benelux
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  • E-Health
  • Wearables
  • Medical Home Devices
  • Security and Privacy
  • End-to-End Encryption
  • Secure Computation
  • Encrypted Search

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