Information Security Solutions for Telemedicine Applications

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Information Security Solutions for Telemedicine Applications.

In recent times, implementing telemedicine solutions has become a trend amongst the various research teams at an international level. Telemedicine refers to the use of modern information and communication technologies to meet the needs of citizens, patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare providers, as well as policy makers. Telemedicine applications are very promising and have great potential. They can play a very important role in service provision by improving access, equity and quality through connecting healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals and diminishing geographical and physical barriers. However, the transmission and access technologies of medical information raise critical issues that urgently need to be addressed, especially those related to security. Further, medical identity theft is a growing and dangerous crime. Stolen personal information can have negative financial impacts, and cuts to the very core of personal privacy. The medical identity theft is a growing crime, which already costs billions of dollars each year, and altered medical information can put a person’s health at risk through misdiagnosis, delayed treatment or incorrect prescriptions. Yet, the use of handheld devices to store, access, and transmit medical information is outpacing the privacy and security protections on those devices. Therefore, the authenticity of the information and related medical images is vital as they form the basis of inference for diagnostic purposes. In such applications, tamper proofing and guaranteed originality of medical data/information is achieved by embedding various watermark(s) which must be secure and robust against malicious attacks. Researchers are using watermarking and cryptography to disseminate the security of the medical data. Further, researchers are using watermarking techniques in the field of healthcare for addressing the health data management issues. It includes source and data authentication, efficient image archiving and retrieval, save bandwidth, and highlighting of diagnostically significant regions.

The objective of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to attract high-quality research articles and reviews that promote research and reflect the most recent advances in addressing and focusing the information security and privacy issues in telemedicine as well as other emerging areas. Authors are invited to submit original research and high-quality survey articles on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Watermarking, steganography, hidden data
  • Cryptographic algorithms/protocols
  • Electronic and Information security
  • Imaging
  • Health data management
  • Medical imaging modalities
  • Security and privacy of medical data
  • Systems and network security
  • Protection systems/ mechanism against patient identity theft
  • Bio‐signal Processing
  • display or secure transmission of images
  • Medical images processing
  • Biometrics
  • Image data compression
  • Patient data delivery over unsecured channels
  • Cyber Security in Telemedicine
  • Medical information security
  • Chaotic systems for privacy issues of medical data in healthcare centers

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Associate Editor: Amit Kumar Singh, Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT), India

Guest Editors:

  1. S.K. Singh, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), India
  2. Zhihan Lv, Chinese Academy of Science, China
  3. Charlie (Seungmin) Rho, Sungkyul University, South Korea
  4. Xiaojun Chang, Carnegie Mellon University, USA,
  5. William Puech, University of Montpellier, France


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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