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Secure IoT Adoption and Its Challenges in Health & Wellbeing Applications

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 4607

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Department of Computing. Sheffield Hallam University. Sheffield, UK
Interests: focuses on securing and optimising network performance of resource constraint IoT network and its applications; IoT & Blockchain Applications; Securing Healthcare Systems & Building Trusted Supply Chain Models and Machine learning & AI in Cybersecurity

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School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG8 1BB, UK
Interests: human aspects of cyber security; user authentication and biometrics; usable security; security management and governance; security awareness and culture
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Faculty of Science and Engineering, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
Interests: computer networks; wireless networks; network performance; network security
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In this era of the Internet of Things (IoT), any device, machine, sensor, or object, including people and animals, can be connected and integrated with ease through the internet. IoT applications range from IoT-enabled medical devices to the monitoring of medical equipment or individuals and their environments. Further opportunities for the use of IoT in health and wellbeing management systems include direct and indirect monitoring of elderly people, infants, handicapped individuals, and mental health patients, as well as for fitness activity tracking. IoT provides the opportunity to create a safe, comfortable, and welcoming personalized environment to encourage improved health and overall wellbeing. The adoption of wearable devices is just the beginning of a future pervasive and robust IoT-based health and wellbeing management infrastructure.     
This Special Issue focuses on the design, implementation, testing, and issues encountered by IoT health and wellbeing applications. Topics covered in this issue will include uncompromised privacy and security during remote monitoring and tracking, mobile health, environmental monitoring, fitness and body activity recording, smart hospital management, device access control, healthcare compliance and regulations, secure data recording systems, trust-based data storing mechanisms, tamperproof storage for sensitive data, or any schemes that support reliable and secure management of health and wellbeing data.

Dr. Jims Marchang
Prof. Steven Furnell
Dr. Bogdan V Ghita
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • secure IoT
  • tracking
  • monitoring
  • trust
  • privacy and healthcare

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A Blockchain Secured Pharmaceutical Distribution System to Fight Counterfeiting
by Kavyan Zoughalian, Jims Marchang and Bogdan Ghita
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(7), 4091; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074091 - 30 Mar 2022
Cited by 7 | Viewed by 3717
Abstract
Counterfeiting drugs has been a global concern for years. Considering the lack of transparency within the current pharmaceutical distribution system, research has shown that blockchain technology is a promising solution for an improved supply chain system. This study aims to explore the current [...] Read more.
Counterfeiting drugs has been a global concern for years. Considering the lack of transparency within the current pharmaceutical distribution system, research has shown that blockchain technology is a promising solution for an improved supply chain system. This study aims to explore the current solution proposals for distribution systems using blockchain technology. Based on a literature review on currently proposed solutions, it is identified that the secrecy of the data within the system and nodes’ reputation in decision making has not been considered. The proposed prototype uses a zero-knowledge proof protocol to ensure the integrity of the distributed data. It uses the Markov model to track each node’s ‘reputation score’ based on their interactions to predict the reliability of the nodes in consensus decision making. Analysis of the prototype demonstrates a reliable method in decision making, which concludes with overall improvements in the system’s confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The result indicates that the decision protocol must be significantly considered in a reliable distribution system. It is recommended that the pharmaceutical distribution systems adopt a relevant protocol to design their blockchain solution. Continuous research is required further to increase performance and reliability within blockchain distribution systems. Full article
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