TitlePreserving Patients' Privacy in Medical IoT Using Blockchain
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsAlamri B, Javed ITariq, Margaria T
EditorKatangur A, Lin S-C, Wei J, Yang S, Zhang L-J
Conference NameEdge Computing – EDGE 2020
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Conference LocationCham
ISBN Number978-3-030-59824-2

Medical IoT is a collection of devices and applications that are connected to healthcare systems via the Internet. Wearable devices and body sensors are used to track individuals' medical conditions. The collected data is processed, analyzed, and stored in the cloud platforms to provide healthcare services. The data does not only include personal information like users' identity and location but also consists of sensitive information such as mental status, drug addiction, sexual orientation, and genetics. Therefore, preserving an individual's privacy remains a huge challenge for IoT service providers. The existing techniques significantly reduce the originality of data which affects the application's efficiency. Therefore, in this paper, we propose the idea of using blockchains and smart contract to preserve privacy while obtaining data usability.