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V. Ramani, T. Kumar, A. Bracken, M. Liyanage and M. Ylianttila, "Secure and Efficient Data Accessibility in Blockchain Based Healthcare Systems," 2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2018, pp. 206-212. doi: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2018.8647221

Secure and efficient data accessibility in blockchain based healthcare systems

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Author: Ramani, Vidhya1; Kumar, Tanesh1; Braeken, An2;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC), University of Oulu, Finland
2Industrial Engineering INDI, Vrije Universiteit Brussel VUB, Brussels, Belgium
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-06-19


The healthcare industry is constantly reforming and adopting new shapes with respect to the technological evolutions and transitions. One of the crucial requirements in the current smart healthcare systems is the protection of patients sensitive data against the potential adversaries. Therefore, it is vital to have secure data access mechanisms that can ensure only authorized entities can access the patients medical information. Hence, this paper considers blockchain technology as a distributed approach protect the data in healthcare systems. This research proposes a blockchain based secure and efficient data accessibility mechanism for the patient and the doctor in a given healthcare system. Proposed system able to protect the privacy of the patients as well. The security analysis of our scheme shows that it can resist to well-known attacks along with maintaining the integrity of the system. Moreover, an Ethereum based implementation has used to verify the feasibility of our proposed system.

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Series: IEEE Global Communications Conference
ISSN: 2334-0983
ISSN-E: 2576-6813
ISSN-L: 2334-0983
ISBN: 978-1-5386-4727-1
ISBN Print: 978-1-5386-6976-1
Article number: 8647221
DOI: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2018.8647221
Host publication: 2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2018
Conference: IEEE Global Communications Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work has been performed under the framework of the SECUREConnect (Secure Connectivity of Future Cyber-Physical Systems), 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927) and Towards Digital Paradise projects. This research is funded by Academy of Finland and TEKES, Finland. The authors would also like to acknowledge the contribution of the COST Action CA15127 (RECODIS) and CA16226 (SHELD-ON).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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