An energy-efficient and secure data inference framework for internet of health things: a pilot study

James Jin Kang*, Mahdi Dibaei, Gang Luo, Wencheng Yang, Paul Haskell-Dowland, Xi Zheng

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Privacy protection in electronic healthcare applications is an important consideration, due to the sensitive nature of personal health data. Internet of Health Things (IoHT) networks that are used within a healthcare setting have unique challenges and security requirements (integrity, authentication, privacy, and availability) that must also be balanced with the need to maintain efficiency in order to conserve battery power, which can be a significant limitation in IoHT devices and networks. Data are usually transferred without undergoing filtering or optimization, and this traffic can overload sensors and cause rapid battery consumption when interacting with IoHT networks. This poses certain restrictions on the practical implementation of these devices. In order to address these issues, this paper proposes a privacy-preserving two-tier data inference framework solution that conserves battery consumption by inferring the sensed data and reducing data size for transmission, while also protecting sensitive data from leakage to adversaries. The results from experimental evaluations on efficiency and privacy show the validity of the proposed scheme, as well as significant data savings without compromising data transmission accuracy, which contributes to energy efficiency of IoHT sensor devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number312
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

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  • Body sensors
  • Cloud
  • Healthcare big data
  • Inference system
  • Internet of Health Things (IoHT)
  • IoT
  • MHealth
  • Privacy-preserving
  • Wireless body area network (WBAN)


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