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IoMT-Based Healthcare Framework for Ambient Assisted Living Using a Convolutional Neural Network

Waleed T. Al-Sit1, Nidal A. Al-Dmour2, Taher M. Ghazal3,4,*, Ghassan F. Issa3

1 Department of Computer Engineering, Mutah University, Al-Karak, Jordan; Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai, UAE
2 Department of Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Mutah University, Jordan
3 School of Information Technology, Skyline University College, University City Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE
4 Center for Cyber Security, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, UKM, 43600, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

* Corresponding Author: Taher M. Ghazal. Email:

Computers, Materials & Continua 2023, 74(3), 6867-6878.


In the age of universal computing, human life is becoming smarter owing to the recent developments in the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), wearable sensors, and telecommunication innovations, which provide more effective and smarter healthcare facilities. IoMT has the potential to shape the future of clinical research in the healthcare sector. Wearable sensors, patients, healthcare providers, and caregivers can connect through an IoMT network using software, information, and communication technology. Ambient assisted living (AAL) allows the incorporation of emerging innovations into the routine life events of patients. Machine learning (ML) teaches machines to learn from human experiences and to use computer algorithms to “learn” information directly instead of relying on a model. As the sample size accessible for learning increases, the performance of the algorithms improves. This paper proposes a novel IoMT-enabled smart healthcare framework for AAL to monitor the physical actions of patients using a convolutional neural network (CNN) algorithm for fast analysis, improved decision-making, and enhanced treatment support. The simulation results showed that the prediction accuracy of the proposed framework is higher than those of previously published approaches.


1  Introduction

Medical imaging is essential in modern medicine because it enables detailed, noninvasive observation of the human body’s internal architecture and metabolic processes. It also provides potentially valuable data for treating patient-specific diseases, providing characteristic support while diagnosing diseases, and for treatment planning. The volume of healthcare imaging data is quickly expanding due to the advancements in technology, population growth, cost reductions, and increased knowledge of the utility of imaging modalities. This contributes to the clinicians’ problem of how to evaluate vast amounts of data from divergent sources. Research has shown that inter-observer variability can be significant when completing numerous clinical imaging tasks. As a result, there is a cumulative request for diagnostic and decision-making tools [1]. Radiation has always been a part of the Earth’s evolution. In 1895, the biological effects of radiation were identified by the German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who discovered X-rays; Moreover, radioactivity was first demonstrated by the French physicist Henri Becquerel. In the early 20th century, ionizing radiation was first used to treat malignant (cancerous) and benign disorders. Henri Coutard, a French radiation oncologist, presented the first proof of fractional radiotherapy to treat advanced larynx cancer without any significant negative side effects [2].

An intelligent healthcare system uses wearable devices, Internet of Things, or mobile internet to constantly acquire data; to link people, resources, and institutions involved in healthcare; and to intelligently regulate and respond to the demands of the medical ecosystem. Many healthcare systems are becoming more common due to the rapid changes in health information technology and machine-learning technologies. The wide range of patient health data can guide clinicians in decision making and can be used to train intelligent healthcare systems [3].

Machine learning (ML) is a subfield of artificial intelligence (AI). It allows an AI system to learn from its surroundings and utilize that knowledge to make intelligent judgments. Machine learning has become increasingly popular across various industries, including retail, media, agriculture, finance, and healthcare [4]. In healthcare 4.0, ML plays a critical role. This study developed an intelligent healthcare model that uses ML techniques to synergize medical imaging and radiotherapy.

2  Literature Review

Many researchers have developed intelligent healthcare models to synergize medical imaging and radiotherapy using ML techniques. In some of their research works, the authors reported that the European Medicines Agency and the United States Food and Drug Administration authorized the sale of the first two chimeric antigen receptor T-cell-based (tisagenlecleucel and axicabtagene ciloleucel) therapies in 2018. These therapies showed excellent clinical results in patients with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, including diffused large B-cell lymphoma that did not respond to treatment after two or more lines of therapy [5].

The author developed an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy prototype. It is a three-module design with an Android boundary that regulates the rapidity of the orders, the type of music, and the strength of the vibration of the perceptible module. The software is designed for psychotherapists, who may operate all three modules to follow a predetermined schedule or to develop a customized program for the patient. An Android gadget monitors the sound segment, whereas an IOIO board for the Android DEV-10748 motherboard monitors the visual and tactile modules. In the graphic treatment option, the red LEDs on the glasses are illuminated in various orders. Each hand receives pulses as part of the touch treatment option. The sound therapy option plays from a list of 10 distinct sounds in each person’s left or right ear. There are two modes of operation for each type of therapy: automated and manual. The psychotherapist can manually select the frequency of the sequence (from 0 to 6 s) and its display side [6]. The author used a cycle generative adversarial network (GAN) to generate counterfactual explanations by translating images in an unsupervised manner. By applying a translation between two classes in stages, the cycle GAN was able to amplify the differences. The performance of a linear support vector machine trained with structures extracted from recognized novel image areas was comparable to that of a CNN. The approach was performed using retinal images for forecasting diabetic macular edema.

A technique for detecting psychological issues in patients was presented. The authors analyzed patients’ posts on social media platforms to determine their depression and stress levels. The authors used a CNN, a recurrent neural network, and a bidirectional long short-term memory model to determine these levels. Furthermore, they developed an ontology-based endorsement scheme that directs text to patients to monitor the outcomes. On the other hand, the challenge was how to continuously monitor the patients using the data from their social interactions. A practical statistical analysis, data standardization, feature selection, and ML model were thus necessary to forecast the patient mood accurately [7].

A healthcare monitoring system needs access to the patient’s electronic health records (EHRs) to correctly put the patient’s vital signs into context when making suggestions or choices. On the other hand, patient’s medical records are frequently obtained from multiple medical institutions that do not communicate with each other. SAPHIRE utilizes a document-sharing framework to address this interoperability issue. Therefore, EHR documents are kept in local EHR sources. However, they are also recorded to a document-sharing registry through a set of metadata so that they can be located and accessed regardless of where they are stored. We addressed the discovery and access of relevant EHR documents with this architecture. Still, for the clinical decision support system to leverage the data in these EHR documents, they must be stored in a machine-processable format. HL7 Clinical Document Architecture level 3 documents were used in SAPHIRE, where the coding schemes mutually annotate the entries and sections [8].

ML techniques [9], transfer learning [10], deep ensemble learning [11], computational intelligence methods [12], fuzzy inference systems [13,14], supervised ML [15], deep extreme ML [16], and soft computing techniques [1720] have all been used in research to improve smart healthcare monitoring frameworks.

3  Methodology

This paper describes AAL targets to create advanced technical clarifications and healthcare services to assist a smart IoMT-based healthcare framework in monitoring patients’ health, improving their quality of life, and reducing the costs associated with health and social care using a CNN-based ML algorithm for faster decision making and better treatment. Machine learning, including CNNs, has great potential for applications in imaging and therapy. Currently, CNNs have permeated almost every feature of medical image analysis. However, conventional image analysis approaches are never considered a substitute for radiologists but are used only as a supplementary tool. This paper proposes a smart IoMT-based healthcare framework for AAL using CNN, which proves beneficial in the medical field. A flowchart of the proposed framework is shown in Fig. 1.


Figure 1: Flowchart of the proposed healthcare model

As shown in Fig. 1, the proposed framework obtains input images and performs segmentation, feature extraction, selection, and classification on them. The classified outcomes are then stored in the cloud. In the other steps, real-time image data are taken as input, and trained patterns are imported from the cloud to check the presence of AAL.

Fig. 2 shows a detailed description of Fig. 1. As shown in the former, the input is taken in image form and then through the segmentation process. Segmentation is the process of clustering parts of an image that relate to the same object class. This procedure is also known as pixel-level classification. The feature extraction process then converts the raw or noisy data into numerical features and proceeds with processing the original dataset. It yields better results than executing ML on the raw data directly. The feature selection process is based on a CNN algorithm that attempts to fit a given dataset. It is used to evaluate all possible feature combinations according to the criterion. Then, the data is classified by using the CNN algorithm.


Figure 2: Illustration of the proposed healthcare model

The loss function in the proposed model is defined as


The SoftMax transformation is defined as


where £i Indicates the logits, which will be transformed into probabilities using the SoftMax transformation.


£l is obtained by interconnecting the weights with Xj:



In Eq. (1), yi is ultimately connected to £i in the subsequent expression:





Eq. (2) is derived as


Taking the common e£ik=1ce£K from Eq. (4), we have


With division, we have


As we know,


Therefore, Eq. (5) can be written as



The derivation of Eq. (3) with respect to £l is


It can be written as


It is known that




Therefore, we can derive this as


With Eqs. (6) and (7),



By taking the derivative with respect to £l, we obtain



yk£l has previously been intended for the SoftMax gradient, which requires splitting Eq. (9) into two portions:



yk£l=[klc(Ykykykyl)for( kl)Ykykyk(1yl)for(k=l)].

It can be defined as



(yk+klYk) = 1; Therefore,






Here, xj Signifies the input weights.

After relieving the values of LZl and £lWj,l in Eq. (10), we have


Eq. (11) signifies the loss derivative of the weights for the fully connected layer.

After the classification, the learning criteria are tested to determine whether they are met. If not, the classification process is discarded; otherwise, the outcome will be stored in the cloud. The trained data are saved and imported from the cloud for prediction purposes in the validation phase using the CNN algorithm. AAL checks whether it was found or not in the validation phase. The operation is discarded if the answer is no; otherwise, the notification will state that AAL was detected.

4  Simulation Results

Modern medical imaging techniques are increasingly used in medical care to study the complex hierarchical structures of anatomic specifics in various tissues and organs. Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) processes use medical image analysis as a critical feature. Recent ML methods have made it possible to quantify the final classification labels from raw medical image pixels. In medical classification, the CNN algorithm is widely used. CNN is an excellent feature extractor; thus, classifying medical images may save time and money.

This paper proposes a smart IoMT-based healthcare framework for AAL using a CNN-based approach. The proposed CNN-based method was applied to a dataset gathered from the UCI ML data repository. The CNN-based approach was applied to 35,250 samples to synergize the medical images. Furthermore, the dataset was divided into training data (70%, 24,675 samples) and validation data (30%, 10,575 samples). Dissimilar parameters were used for performance control with other metrics, which were obtained using the following formulas [17]

Sensitivity= True Positive  Condition Positive(12)

Specificity= True Negative Condition Negative(13)

Accuracy= True Positive +  True Positive Total Population(14)

MissRate= False Negative  Condition Positive(15)

Fallout= False Positive Condition Negative(16)

Likelihood Positive Ratio= True Positive Ratio False Positive Ratio(17)

Likelihood Negative Ratio= True Positive Ratio False Positive Ratio(18)

Positive Predictive Value= True Positive Predicted Condition Positive(19)

Negative Predictive Value= True Negative Predicted Condition Negative(20)

Table 1 shows the proposed framework’s results for determining AAL’s presence during training. During the training, 24,675 samples were used, which were divided into 12,604 positive and 12,071 negative samples. A total of 11,548 TP samples were positively forecasted, and no AAL was recognized; however, 1056 records were incorrectly forecasted as negatives, indicating the presence of AAL. Similarly, 12,071 samples were obtained, with the negative ones indicating the presence of AAL and the positive ones indicating no AAL; of these, 10,876 samples were correctly recognized as negatives, indicating the presence of AAL, and 1195 samples were imprecisely predicted as positives, indicating no AAL, despite the presence of it.


Table 2 shows the proposed framework’s results for determining AAL’s presence during the validation period. During the training, 10,575 samples were used, which were divided into 5476 positive and 5099 negative samples. A total of 4987 TP samples were positively predicted, and no AAL was recognized; however, 489 records were incorrectly forecasted as negatives, indicating the presence of AAL. Similarly, 5099 samples were acquired, with the negative ones showing the presence of AAL and the positive ones indicating no AAL; of these, 4436 samples were correctly recognized as negatives, indicating the presence of AAL, and 663 samples were imprecisely predicted as positives, indicating no AAL, despite the presence of it.


Table 3 (CNN) shows the performance of the framework in terms of accuracy (0.908), sensitivity (0.906), specificity (0.911), miss rate (0.0912), and precision (0.916). In the validation period, the proposed framework obtained accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, miss rate, and precision of 0.891, 0.882, 0.90, 0.1089, and 0.87, respectively. In addition, the proposed framework obtained a fall-out, likelihood positive ratio, likelihood negative ratio, and negative predictive value of 0.885, 10.23, 0.1, and 0.90, respectively, during the training period, and 0.099, 8.88, 0.12, and 0.87, during the validation period.


Table 4 compares the performance of the proposed healthcare framework for determining the presence of AAL using a CNN approach with those of previous methods. The results clearly show that the proposed framework is better than the earlier approaches regarding accuracy and miss rate.


5  Conclusion

Ambient assisted living (AAL) is an emerging field in which artificial intelligence enables new products, services, and processes to help provide safe, high-quality, and independent healthcare assistance to patients in their daily lives. Their daily routines can become physically and psychologically challenging, owing to their current health issues. Technology can help patients with their daily interactions and be integrated into their medical care, which is essential for ensuring their health and happiness. However, a CNN is necessary as it can help radiologists make more accurate diagnoses by conducting a statistical analysis of suspicious lesions and reducing the reading time owing to the automatic report generation, which is some of the advantages of AI that can be integrated into the clinical workflow. Artificial intelligence can be used in various radiological imaging tasks, including risk assessment, identification, diagnosis, therapy reaction, and cross-disease discovery, thanks to the advances in both imaging and computers.

This paper proposes an intelligent IoMT-based healthcare framework for AAL using a CNN algorithm, which proves beneficial and effective for radiologists and patients. The proposed approach obtained excellent outcomes, with an accuracy of 0.891 and a miss rate of 0.067, which are better than previous approaches [2125].

Data Availability: The data used in this paper can be obtained from the corresponding author upon request.

Funding Statement: Self-funded; no external funding is involved in this study.

Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflicts of interest concerning the publication of this work.


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W. T. Al-Sit, N. A. Al-Dmour, T. M. Ghazal and G. F. Issa, "Iomt-based healthcare framework for ambient assisted living using a convolutional neural network," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 74, no.3, pp. 6867–6878, 2023.

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