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Privacy-Preserving Telecardiology Sensor Networks: Toward a Low-Cost Portable Wireless Hardware/Software Codesign

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4 Author(s)
Fei Hu ; Rochester Inst. of Technol., Rochester ; Meng Jiang ; Wagner, M. ; De-Cun Dong

Recently, a remote-sensing platform based on wireless interconnection of tiny ECG sensors called telecardiology sensor networks (TSN) provided a promising approach to perform low-cost real-time cardiac patient monitoring at any time in community areas (such as elder nursing homes or hospitals). The contribution of this research is the design of a practical TSN hardware/software platform for a typical U.S. healthcare community scenario (such as large nursing homes with many elder patients) to perform real-time healthcare data collections. On the other hand, due to the radio broadcasting nature of MANET, a TSN has the risk of losing the privacy of patients' data. Medical privacy has been highly emphasized by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This research also designs a medical security scheme with low communication overhead to achieve confidential electrocardiogram data transmission in wireless medium.

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Information Technology in Biomedicine, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 6 )