Special Issue "Internet of Things in Healthcare and Health: Security and Privacy"

Submission Deadline: 15 June 2022
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Guest Editors
Prof. Kuo-Hui Yeh, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan.
Prof. Shi-Cho Cha, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan.
Prof. Yingjiu (Joe) Li, University of Oregon, United States.
Prof. Hu Xiong, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China.


A new paradigm, known as the Internet of Things (IoT), has been extensively focused and promptly deemed as an enabling technology for the next generation healthcare and health systems. At the same time, important security and privacy issues emerge. First, as the IoT technologies bring massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) use cases, it is important to address the security and privacy issues of massive medical and healthcare equipment connecting to the infrastructure of IoT healthcare and health systems. In addition, innovative technologies, such as Blockchain and 5G, are considered as the underlying information communication technologies of IoT healthcare and health infrastructures. The data confidentiality, integrity and authenticity for these innovative IoT healthcare and health infrastructures become indispensable. Examples are such as supplementary devices or security chips to support the authenticity and integrity of data collected from healthcare and health equipment. Moreover, it is critical to develop security inspection technologies, e.g., analysis tools for vulnerabilities identification and management, for IoT medical and healthcare equipment.


Therefore, in this special issue, we aim to focus on the security and privacy for IoT in Healthcare and Health. The objective of this special issue is to attract high-quality research and survey articles that promote research and reflect the most recent advances in addressing the security and privacy issues for IoT in Healthcare and Health. We welcome researchers from both academia and industry to provide their state-of-the-art technologies and ideas covering all aspects of security and privacy solutions for IoT in Healthcare and Health. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:


• Secure and Privacy-aware Applications for IoT Healthcare and Health

• Secure and Privacy-aware Equipment for IoT Healthcare and Health

• Security and Privacy in Data Analytics for IoT Healthcare and Health

• Detection and Prevention of Malicious IoT Equipment in Healthcare and Health

• Vulnerability Management of IoT Equipment in Healthcare and Health

• Security and Privacy of Massive Medical and Healthcare Machine Type Communications

• Secure and Privacy-aware Framework for IoT Healthcare and Health

• Blockchain Technologies for IoT Healthcare and Health

• Data Confidentiality, Integrity and Authenticity for IoT Healthcare and Health

Published Papers
  • Unidirectional Identity-Based Proxy Re-Signature with Key Insulation in EHR Sharing System
  • Abstract The introduction of the electronic medical record (EHR) sharing system has made a great contribution to the management and sharing of healthcare data. Considering referral treatment for patients, the original signature needs to be converted into a re-signature that can be verified by the new organization. Proxy re-signature (PRS) can be applied to this scenario so that authenticity and nonrepudiation can still be insured for data. Unfortunately, the existing PRS schemes cannot realize forward and backward security. Therefore, this paper proposes the first PRS scheme that can provide key-insulated property, which can guarantee both the forward and backward security of… More
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  • A Lightweight and Robust User Authentication Protocol with User Anonymity for IoT-Based Healthcare
  • Abstract With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the word “intelligent medical care” has increasingly become a major vision. Intelligent medicine adopts the most advanced IoT technology to realize the interaction between patients and people, medical institutions, and medical equipment. However, with the openness of network transmission, the security and privacy of information transmission have become a major problem. Recently, Masud et al. proposed a lightweight anonymous user authentication protocol for IoT medical treatment, claiming that their method can resist various attacks. However, through analysis of the protocol, we observed that their protocol cannot effectively resist privileged internal attacks,… More
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  • MIA-UNet: Multi-Scale Iterative Aggregation U-Network for Retinal Vessel Segmentation
  • Abstract As an important part of the new generation of information technology, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been widely concerned and regarded as an enabling technology of the next generation of health care system. The fundus photography equipment is connected to the cloud platform through the IoT, so as to realize the real-time uploading of fundus images and the rapid issuance of diagnostic suggestions by artificial intelligence. At the same time, important security and privacy issues have emerged. The data uploaded to the cloud platform involves more personal attributes, health status and medical application data of patients. Once leaked, abused… More
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