Special Issue "Security and Privacy for Healthcare Technologies"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Wade Trappe
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
Interests: multimedia security; wireless security; wireless networking; cryptography
Prof. Dr. Yingying Chen
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
Interests: smart healthcare; Internet of Things (IoT); cyber security and privacy; connected vehicles; mobile computing and sensing
Prof. Dr. Wenyuan Xu
Guest Editor
College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
Interests: computer science; embedded system security; analog cyber security; IoT security
Dr. Rebecca Herold
Guest Editor
SIMBUS360, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, USA
Interests: information security; privacy; HIPAA; smart grid; compliance
Dr. Jiang Bian
Guest Editor
Biomedical Informatics, Department of Health Outcomes & Policy, College of Medicine, University of Florida, FL 32610, USA
Interests: social media; network science; machine learning; data privacy; security; health outcomes; health information; clinical informatics; consumer health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nothing is more private than information about one’s health. Matters of the security and privacy of one’s medical data are often the furthest things from one’s consideration when dealing with medical matters. Further, many new types of personal, health information are being generated as medical practitioners are adopting new technologies to support healthcare, diagnostics, well-being monitoring, doctor prescription preferences, and other health-related information. Likewise, hospitals are deploying new infrastructure and cutting-edge technology to support new approaches to treatment, including advanced imaging devices, surgical robots and genetic profiling for biomarkers. The end result is that patients, healthcare providers, and pharmaceutical organizations are creating (and will continue to create) vast amounts of data that crosses communication networks, gets stored in the cloud, analyzed by remote experts (possible in the form of non-human, deep learning algorithms), used to control dosages, etc.

Unfortunately, with all of this data being created, it has become increasingly difficult to know where the data is going, what information is leaked unintentionally, or how such information could be used to cause harm to one’s health or one’s privacy. Sadly, the unfortunate truth is that there are adversaries out there trying to steal medical data, and this can have significant implications on our global society, ultimately threatening the quality of healthcare being delivered to patients. In order to protect patients and healthcare practitioners, it is critically important that the security and privacy problems facing the next generation of cyber-enabled healthcare are addressed through a holistic approach that involves the development of new security and privacy technologies, the collaboration between security practitioners and public policy makers, and ultimately the sharing and adoption of best practices by the security and healthcare communities.

This Special Issue aims to attract a combination of research articles that convey new security and privacy technologies, educational survey articles that help advance the adoption and practice of cybersecurity technologies by the broader healthcare community, and informative articles that cross the boundaries between public and legal aspects related to cybersecurity and privacy in healthcare.

The goal of this Special Issue is to strengthen the relationship between the security/privacy research and the development community and those in the healthcare and medical practice communities, with the ultimate objective being to lead to better solutions and practices to protect patients and their private information.

This Special Issue is soliciting papers on topics related to security and privacy in healthcare, including, but not limited to

  • Authentication in healthcare systems
  • Privacy-preserving referral systems
  • Implementation of secure healthcare information exchange systems
  • Cryptographic techniques in healthcare
  • Fine-grained access control in healthcare systems
  • Advanced health data methods for controlling and maintaining data security and privacy
  • Multi-level access control policies and enforcement for healthcare databases
  • Privacy-preserving techniques for healthcare data
  • Privacy and genetic testing data analysis
  • Secure and privacy-preserving data exchanges between healthcare stakeholders (e.g., patients, providers, insurance, pharma)
  • Security in the medical cloud
  • Security and privacy concerns in deep-learning based diagnostics and drug discovery
  • Securing medical sensors and the Internet of Medical Things
  • Protecting insulin pumps and other cyber-enabled implantable medical devices
  • HIPAA and other public policies for protecting personal health information
  • Threat analysis and preliminary threat diagnosis of healthcare systems
  • Securing robotic surgery devices
  • Transactions and blockchains in healthcare

Prof. Dr. Wade Trappe
Prof. Dr. Yingying Chen
Prof. Dr. Wenyuan Xu
Dr. Rebecca Herold
Dr. Jiang Bian
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Information is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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